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NOW IN its sixth year, the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival will run as a pre- view festival at the beginning of November.
The five-day preview of non-competitive films will be followed by the competitive Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival as well as the launch of a new Cape Town Film Mart in March.
Festival director Leon van der Merwe said they were forced to move the main festival to March because most of the funding had not yet manifested.
But they are screening these particular films as they have already paid for the screening rights and the beginning of November has over the past five years become their annual slot for showing films which don’t usually make it on to the South African circuit.
The 26 films which make up the preview festival range from the first film based on a graphic novel to win the Palme D’Or, La vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Colour) to the premiere of the South African film Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux.
“It is different to the theatre production, but still uses the music of Laurika Rauch, who will be present at this premiere,” said van der Merwe.
There is a strong line-up of Italian films and six Italian filmmakers and actors will be travelling to Cape Town to introduce their films and answer questions after screenings at the V&A Waterfront at Cinema Nouveau.
Singer Vittorio Viviani – one of the artists featured in Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico (How Strange to be Named Federico) – will precede the November 2 screening of the film with a short performance of some of the songs featured in the movie.
The French animated kids feature, My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, will be screened at this festival, and Wesgro will still host a breakfast between French animators and the South African animation industry around the concept of possible future co-operation, a pre-cursor to the kind of events which will take place at the FilmMart in March.
A first for this particular film festival is Class of 2013, a competition of short films and documentaries from final-year students at seven film schools around South Africa.
In addition to winning prizes for, among others, the best film, the 31 films will be screened form November 1 to 3 at CityVarsity on Kloof Street.
Three Israeli films – Eye of The Storm, Snails in the Rain and The Invisible Men – will also be introduced by their filmmakers, who will also spend some time in Pretoria where their films will be screened after this Cape Town festival.
Coming up in March will be films in competition from the Ukraine, Poland, Belgium, US, Egypt, France and Algeria – none of which will be released on the local circuit.