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AVIFF Cannes (Fr) / OPEN WINDOW & IMPAC Pretoria (SOUTH AFRICA) 2017 FILM CATALOGUE

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There is a poor tradition of art film in Southern Africa. In my mind, the lack
of this kind of philosophical and ideological expression is apparent in the
lack of voice in our cinema. A healthy industry will always be predominantly
mainstream, but it should on the one hand, embrace its history, however
painful, and on the other hand, proudly promote experimentation in order to
remain robust and healthy.
The value of art cinema to open up dialogue that reveals the psyche of a
people, their fears and hopes, cannot be stressed enough. Without it, this
wondrous medium of film would stagnate.
Encouraging this kind of sight-sound engagement in Southern Africa has
been a major focus for me. We are appreciative and excited to be involved
with AVIFF this year, and to be able to participate and contribute our voice
within a global forum of art film lovers.

Pluto Panoussis
(director: iMPAC / dean: The Open Window)

 

Films PR I :

THE WELL
A striking animation about the abyss that dwells within. Using only black and white minimalist animation, the film explores the
polarities of life and death, fear and joy and ultimately, transcendence.

Director: LODEWYK BARKHUIZEN
Duration: 07:04
Film Type: 2D Animation Short
Completion: 2009
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

DEW
An elegiac investigation into sexual power dynamics. Using inert images of the naked human body and mournful visual codas, the
filmmaker probes into both the beautiful and destructive aspects of intimate relationship.

Director: TRISH LAWRIE
Duration: 05:30
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2009
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

WHEN YOU WERE ONLY WAIST HIGH
A candid and insightful glance into lives of disefranchised children living in the Cape Flats - an impoverished area in South Africa.
Rather than evoke pity and tug at the heart strings, the film comes across as an act of solidarity in defence of a way of life that is
and deserves respect beacuse it is.

Director: GARETH PON
Duration: 03:00
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2013
Language: English / Afrikaans
(English subtitles)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

SIT BUKS
A metaphor on the relationship between power and control - about obedience and its dangers and rewards. This film was
presented at the first South African TED Talk gathering.

Director: GERHARD THIRION
Duration: 09:20
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2009
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

MY FAMILY
Ique Langa, a film student in South Africa goes back to Mocambique to visit his family and to attend a wedding function.
He decides to use this as an opportunity to fulfill his film assignment. What ensues is a quirky, loving portarit of his extended family
that cuts across cultural barriers.

Director: IQUE LANGA
Duration: 05:39
Film Type: Narrative Short
Completion: 2015
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

SCAB
Dead tissue. Itching. Scratching it off and seeing what lies beneath. A junkyard of psychological spare parts – the motor
engine as psyche.

Director: RAYMOMD HONU
Duration: 04:23
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2009
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

REVERIE
The filmmaker is pleasantly lost in her thoughts, where subtle shifts in feeling are manifested as shifts in pattern and sound.
A daring abstraction of fuzzy emotions and curly ruminations.

Director: KELLY DANIELS
Duration: 03:33
Film Type: Drawn Animation Short
Completion: 2011
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

THE CROSSING
The old railway bridge at Skukuza rest camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, was once the main way to cross the mighty
Skukuza river. But the railway in the park has long stopped running and today it’s a symbol of wilder times of gold prospectors,
ivory poachers, train robbers and most famously President Kruger’s getaway during the Anglo Boer war. All of this history
trapped in it’s rusty decaying frame.

Director: ADRIAAN DE LA REY
Duration: 03:00
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2013
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

SOUR MILK
A wordless (but intertitled) visualisation of the Zulu myth of the Imbulu (a near-irresistible shape shifting trickster) is pure bloodless
terror and true African cinematic storytelling. Enter this lush green watery world at your leisure; miss out on its life lessons at your
peril. Culture, values, temptation, education... sour milk. Sometimes things are exactly what they seem.

Director: JAN VAN DER WALT
Duration: 22:00
Film Type: Narrative Short
Completion: 2011
Language: English Intertiltles
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Films PR II :

ORIGINALE
From suggestive references to cultured violence and the dangers of artificial intelligence, this experimental short film challenges the idea of originality and authorship. It questions how far we allow others’ meaning to be imprinted onto us, and how much meaning we imprint on our world.

Director: LOUIS MINNAAR
Duration: 06:45
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2009
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

HUMAN
A meditation on what it is to be human. The filmmaker scrutinises human anatomy and function in an attempt to reveal the angel
and the demon within.

Director: SUZETTE VAN DER MERWE
Duration: 03:03
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2015
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

VENSTERS (WINDOWS)
We follow a domestic worker on her journey across the divide from her own home to the upmarket household she works for. Vensters is the Afrikaans word for ‘windows’ and indicates a reflective, otherworldly, and ultimately transcendent perspective of a life in service.

Director: JACINDA BARKER
Duration: 07:34
Film Type: Narrative Short
Completion: 2016
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

ANIMA
An exploration of the submerged part of the psyche. We confront and investigate the subconscious through the medium of water, through movement, and through form. The title, Anima, refers to Jung’s term for the feminine aspect of the male persona.

Director: CELESTE MULLER
Duration: 05:44
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2011
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

ISIBUKO (MIRROR)
A subversive and postmodernist retelling of colonialism from a young black voice. It’s the white colonial discovering a land of opportunity and selling his ‘magic’ to the locals in return for land. It’s a transaction as timeless as the devil. The treatment of the film straddles both a contemporary and historical space. The filmmaking is appropriately crude and bold.

Director: VIVI MAVIMBELA
Duration: 6:15
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2016
Language: English & Sotho
(English intertitles)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

YET PEOPLE DO
Inspired by the short film Ahendu Nde Sapukai by Pablo Lamar, Yet People Do explores the themes of death, loneliness, and an individual coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. This hand-drawn animation unfolds on a lonely hillside where nature and death preside, a backdrop against which the viewer is thrust into a space of contemplation.

Director: CHARLOTTE GRUB
Duration: 06:30
Film Type: Drawn nimation Short
Completion: 2016
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

IMMER VERANDEREND (EVER CHANGING)
A reflection on the formation of memory and how it changes and adapts over time. Two young women on vacation journey to  the sea. On their way, they discuss ideas that loop and evolve o themselves. The film is a deconstruction of time, place and situation, and a meditation on ‘truth’.

Director: HELEEN VAN TONDERS
Duration: 6:29
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2016
Language: Afrikaans (English subtitles)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

AGTER (BEHIND) An exploration of racial, cultural, and social separation. In South Africa picking up workers  on the back of a pickup truck is seen as an everyday occurrence. A white man in a pickup truck, picks up a black man. The black man climbs onto the back of the pickup truck and together they drive through town to a distant and mysterious destination. Two men. Two worlds. One inexplicable fate.

Director: ALBERT BOTHA
Duration: 06:12
Film Type: Conceptual Short
Completion: 2016
Language: No dialogue
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

METROPOLAR
A series of hand-drawn markings, pieces of text and drawings are photographed with a mobile phone camera for the intimacy
and convenience it provides, and spliced together against a soundscape of original music and spoken word elements. This is a
film about the modern urban South African landscape and the contrasting realities that exist in the polarised metropolis.

Director: JOTAM SCHOEMAN
Duration: 15:00
Film Type: Drawn Animation Short
Completion: 2016
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

AVIFF / OPEN WINDOW / IMPAC 2017A catalog of films made by students of the OpenWindow Institute (Pretoria South Africa) for AVIFF (Cannes France)

PROGRAMME 1 63:29 THE WELL 7:04 DEW 5:30 WHEN YOU WERE ONLY WAIST HIGH 3:00 SIT BUKS 9:20 MY FAMILY 5:39 SCAB 4:23 REVERIE 3:33 THE CROSSING 3:00 SOUR MILK 22:00

PROGRAMME 2 63:32 ORIGINALE 6:45 HUMAN 3:03 VENSTERS 7:34 ANIMA 5:44 ISIBUKO 6:15 YET PEOPLE DO 6:30 IMMER VERANDEREND 6:29 AGTER 6:12 METROPOLAR 15:00

SOUTH AFRICA