The Joburg Film Festival, brought to you by MultiChoice, will kick off its six-day celebration of global film on 19 November 2019 with the South African premiere of locally-produced horror film 8, at the festival hub on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Having won best foreign feature at the Idyllwild Film Festival in California in March and a Silver Remi at the Worldfest in Houston in April for their first film, The Recce, Man Makes a Picture brings you their second offering, 8.

Playing on African folklore and mythology, 8 has been described as horrific on a primordial level: it portrays what happens when an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul. The film stars award-winning actor Tsamano Sebe (Of Good Report), Igne Beckmann (Escape Room), Garth Breytenbach (Troy: Fall of a City) and upcoming star, Keita Luna.

See the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Ivmhw2wg5s4

Between 19 and 24 November, audiences will be able to watch a total of 60 films and documentaries from around the world at six venues (within Auto & General Theatre on the Square and at a free outdoor screening area at Nelson Mandela Square); Ster-Kinekor Sandton City; Cinema Nouveau Rosebank; Maboneng’s Bioscope and Kings Theatre in Alexandra) across Johannesburg.

The Joburg Film Festival line-up includes films from South Africa; Nigeria; Mozambique; Brazil; USA; UK; Morocco and more, with a mix of feature films and documentaries showcasing stories that cross cultural boundaries. Local horror film 8 stars Tshamano Sebe, Inge Beckmann, Garth Breytenbach & Chris April – it tells the tale of an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, who then seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul.

Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, tells the story of a Jamaican immigrant in London who becomes consumed with avenging the murder of his older brother. Frances-Ann Solomon’s Hero is inspired by the life and times of Ulric Cross whose life spanned key moments of the 20th Century like WW2, African independence, Black Power, the rise of a new brand of Black leadership around the world – all events that have shaped the world today. Luce, starring Octavia Spencer; Kelvin Harrison Jr; Naomi Watts & Tim Roth sees liberal-minded couple, Amy and Peter Edgar, who are forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after they discover he has written an extremely disturbing essay for his class at school.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami delves into the story of larger than life performer and model Grace Jones to discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out.

Where are you, João Gilberto? sets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for decades. Fanney Tsimong’s soulful documentary, My Culture, My Music, illustrates how music has always been a powerful tool within South African culture. A host of South African artists narrate what music and culture mean to them: connecting to the body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being.

For a full listing of the 60 films which make up the Joburg Film Festival – and for information on how to book tickets when bookings open on 10 November – visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za

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