SA Films at Cannes: From Zombies to Windpompe
Among the Hollywood heavy hitters and indie artistes crowding Cannes Film Festival this year, a contingent of South African filmmakers are hoping to make their presence felt.
Eight South African films are being showcased at the Marché du Film, the festival’s “movie market” that takes place between May 12 and 21. A number of “firsts” are represented: there’s Africa’s first zombie movie, for example, as well as the first film collaboration between South Africa and Angola and, of course, several directorial debuts.
One of the most impressive of these is Necktie Youth, an offering by 23-year-old newcomer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, whose vision of post-apartheid South Africa is a digital nightmare. Far from a land of promise for born-frees, it’s a country where middle-class youth battle to find their way through a nihilistic dystopia. Jabz and September’s attempts to navigate the complications of millennial youth are compounded when their friend, Emily, livestreams her own suicide.