Sanjeev Singh, Head of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment announced today that the company will have thirteen films featured in the programme of the 30th edition of the Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 23 July to 2 August. The films are An Education, Che 1, Che 2, Genova, Heaven On Earth, London River, Looking For Eric, Disgrace, Maradona, Samson And Delilah, The September Issue, Tyson and Whatever Works.
An Education, written by Nick Hornby (About a Boy, Fever Pitch) is based on the memoirs of journalist, Lynn Barber. Che 1 and Che 2 is director Steven Soderbergh’s epic on the life of the famous Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara’s rise from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero. Based on JM Coetzee’s novel, Disgrace follows a white South African academic (John Malkovich) who, after having an affair with a young coloured student, retreats to his daughter’s farm in the Eastern Cape following disciplinary action. Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom, tells the story of a widower who relocates to Italy with his two daughters, following the death of his wife. Heaven On Earth marks Preity Zinta’s transition from Bollywood movies to the art movie genre under the guidance of acclaimed director, Deepa Mehta. London River is an intimate account of two very different people who come to understand their sameness in the search for their children. Looking For Eric is a warm-hearted and uplifting comedy which tells the story of Eric Bishop, a forty-something postal worker and avid Manchester United fan who receives inspiration from his football idol, Eric Cantona. Winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes this year Samson And Delilah, is a tender yet frank look at the complexity of life in Australia’s Aboriginal communities. The Closing Night film, Whatever Works sees Woody Allen return to New York, casting the eternally antisocial Larry David as his alter ego.
Included in the line-up are the documentaries Maradona, Tyson and The September Issue. Maradona, directed by two-time Palme D’or winner Emir Kusturica celebrates the incredible story of footballer, Diego Maradona. Tyson from acclaimed indie director James Toback, is stylistically inventive portrait of the mesmerizing boxer, Mike Tyson. The September Issue, directed and produced by R.J. Cutler (The War Room), tells the story of the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour, whose life inspired the film The Devil Wears Prada.
Nashen Moodley, Manager of the Festival said, “Videovision Entertainment has been a long-time supporter of the Durban International Film Festival, and we at the festival consider them partners in championing important cinema. Over the years the festival has presented many of their excellent productions and acquisitions, and in 2009 they have a really magnificent slate and we are very happy that they have entrusted with the African premieres of such films as Looking For Eric, London River, An Education, Samson & Delilah and Whatever Works.”
Commenting on the company’s participation, Sanjeev Singh said, “We are delighted to be continuing our association with the Durban International Film Festival with the participation of thirteen films this year. The Festival has grown significantly and is now the leading film festival in the country, and as a Durban based company, we are proud to be supporting it with our critically acclaimed films. All the films will be released at cinemas either later this year or in early 2010.”