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Posted on: Thursday, 15 July 2010

Durban International Film Festival, 22 July to 1 August

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Durban International Film FestivalDurban once again hosts the Durban International Film Festival and in 2010 it will be the 31st festival which is quite a legacy. The festival takes place at various venues across Durban from 22 July to 1 August 2010 with more than 200 screenings of films to challenge your thinking, excite you, and raise awareness from all corners of the world.

Not only will there be films screened but workshops and seminars as well as training and industry events over these 10 days and the festival is able to do this thanks to their main funder the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

The festival opens with a bang with the world premier of State of Violence from Khalo Matabane while the closing film will send you into fits of giggles from Josh Appiganesi’s The Infidel, a comedy about a British Muslim who discovers that he was born Jewish.

South Africa has a strong contingent of films with 9 South African feature films making their debut and I am certainly looking forward to the follow-up to Jann Turner’s White Wedding titled Paradise Lost. I’m sure this will exceed my expectations and I can’t wait to see what Turner has to offer since White Wedding was such an entertaining film with a humorous angle on life, love and commitment.

Festival goers will be lucky enough to see works by some of the international cinemas most respected and well-known directors Soul Kitchen’s Faith Akin, Loose Cannon’s Ferzan Ozpetek, The White Meadows’ Mohammad Rasoulof and more. You will also watch films with big named stars such as Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson and films with incredibly enticing and interesting titles: “Four Lions”, “Moloch Tropical” and my favourite “A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop”. One of these is a remake of the Coen Brothers’ “Blood Simple”, one is centred around a group of men who decide to become suicide bombers and one a satire on political dictatorship. However this is just a taste of what is on offer and you will find something to suit everyone with all the variety and so many new talents being showcased film lovers from everywhere will be hooked.

Contact details and Tickets:
Tickets cost R25 per person per screening and can be booked via Computicket.
Booklets with the programme schedule and screening details are available free of charge at cinemas.
For more information telephone +27 (0)31 260-2506 or +27 (0)31 260-1650.

Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats and have your popcorn and slushpuppies ready for the 31st Durban International Film Festival, on your doorstep!

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