BRICS Film Festival, an event not to be missed

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit is being hosted in the port city of Durban from 22-27 July. BRICS membership has been anchored around a common understanding and agreement to collaborate and foster many areas of economic and social development.

In order to affirm and highlight diverse social and cultural development in member countries during this 10th summit, on the side-lines of this international summit will be the BRICS Film Festival which will be hosted by the City of Durban and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) at Durban playhouse. The Festival is free to the general public.

Each member country has submitted five films. Two films from the submitted five will then be selected by an independent judging panel from each member country as entries for the final winning prize. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is responsible for arranging this great event. For more information and the full programme visit durbanfilmmart.co.za

Below you will find a complete list of all the films showing at the Festival. Please take note of the dates and times:

Monday 23 July: South Africa Day

Comatose 13h00

Two siblings in conflict over the future of their comatose mother, testing their family ties and posing difficult questions about euthanasia.

Skulls of My People 15h00

A deeply affecting and important documentary about the 1904-1908 genocide of around 80% of the population of Nama, San and Herero people in Namibia.

The Whale Caller 16h45

Set in the seaside town of Hermanus and based on a novel by Zakes Mda, an enchanting tale of isolation, infatuation and human connection.

Beyond the River (competition entry) 18h15

The moving true story of Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini’s journey to Gold in the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon. With Lemogang Tsipa and Grant Swanby.

Five Fingers for Marseilles (Competition entry) 20h00

After leaving the town of Marseilles 20 years ago, a disgraced former hero returns to establish a quiet life only to find a new threat.

Tuesday 24: Russia Day

Thawed Carp 13h00

In this darkly humorous Russian comedy, an old woman makes preparations for her own funeral following a fatal diagnosis.

The Crew 15h00

A young pilot receives a distress call from a volcanic island and takes a decision to fly a dangerous rescue mission. The only way to survive this disaster is for the crew to stick together.

 Arrythmia 17h15

A devoted paramedic slowly descends into a self-destructive cycle that puts his marriage and his patients on the line in this tense but heartfelt emotional drama.

How Viktor “the Garlic” Took Alexey “the Stud”… (Competition entry) 18h30

A fast-paced and unconventional road-trip movie about a former orphan reconnecting with his estranged ex-con father and their journey across rural Russia.

 

The Age of Pioneers (Competition entry) 20h15

A Russian historical drama about the Cold War-era space-race and cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first human to perform a spacewalk.

Wednesday 25: India Day

(Times TBC)

Sinjar

A 2017 Indian Jasari film by Sandeep Pampally.  Based on true events – a British insurance agent recruits the help of an ex-Army ranger to help him rescue his sister from ISIS.

Bahubali 2 – the Conclusion

Fantasy action film – When Shiva, the son of Bahubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers.

Bhayanakam

A Malayalam–language Indian film by Jayaraj – a World War II postman delivers money orders and letters from men in the battlefield, until one day…

Newton (Competition entry)

2017 Indian comedy drama by Amit V Masurkar about a government clerk trying to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India. With Rajkummar Rao; Pankaj Tripathi; Anjali Patil.

Village Rockstars (Competition entry)

A 2017 Indian Assamese language coming-of-age film by Rima Das, about a young village girl who wants to start her own rock band.

Thursday 26: China Day

Big Fish & Begonia 11h00

A lush animated adventure based on ancient Chinese legends and tells the tale of a spiritual world that exists beneath the ocean floor.

Hold Your Hands 13h10

Chronicles a former soldier’s efforts to lift his family out of the hardships of rural poverty.

Kung Fu Yoga (Competition entry) 16h00

Jackie Chan’s latest hit sees him playing a professor on a wild adventure chasing an ancient Indian treasure stolen by mercenaries.

I Belonged to You (Competition entry) 18h30

Three stories of love, loss and devotion intertwine in a romantic drama set against stunning Chinese cityscapes and green country sides.

Half the Sky (BRICS Co-Production) 21h00

2nd multilingual, participative BRICS co-production: Chinese-produced & directed by five BRICS women film-makers, it weaves together poetic vignettes about archetypal women.

Friday 27: Brazil Day

Boy and the World 08h00

A multi-award winning animated feature, a visually captivating and inventive cautionary tale of the dangers of globalization.

Two Irenes 09h40

A young girl discovers another girl named Irene living in her small town, and soon they uncover a well-kept secret.

Elis 11h10

The turbulent and charismatic life and times of Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s greatest and best-loved singers of all time.

Araby (Competition entry) 13h30

A teenage boy finds a sick factory worker’s memoir, transporting him into the story of the man’s travels across south-eastern Brazil in search of work over the last decade.

Gabriel and the Mountain (Competition entry) 15h30

Follows the true story of Brazilian backpacker Gabriel Buchmann’s travels through Africa before meeting his end on Mount Mulanje in Malawi.

Awards Ceremony will be at  19 hours.

 

 

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