A still from the Oliver Hermanus' new film, "Moffie". Picture: Jamie D Ramsay
A still from the Oliver Hermanus' new film, "Moffie". Picture: Jamie D Ramsay

Local film 'Moffie' to make world premiere at 76th Venice Film Festival

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jul 25, 2019

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Local film "Moffie", will have its world premiere in the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival which starts on August 28, 2019.  

"Moffie" was made in association with Hermanus’ Cape Town-based Penzance Films with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa.

This is the second film by Hermanus and only the fourth South African film to receive an official invitation to Venice in the 76 years of the festival. Hermanus’ previous film The Endless River (2015) was the first South African film to compete for the Golden Lion. 

"Moffie" will premiere in the Orizzonti (Horizons) Competition. Hermanus’ film "Skoonheid" (Beauty) won the Queer Palm at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and his first film "Shirley Adams" was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009.

"Moffie" is produced by Fugard Theatre founder South African born Eric Abraham who produced the Academy award-winning films  - Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA (2014) and Jan Sverak’s "Kolya"(1996) and Jack Sidey of Portobello Productions. It is based on the memoir, "Moffie", by André-Carl van der Merwe and tells the story of a conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981 South Africa. 

The film stars Kai Luke Brummer in his first film lead performance as well as a cast of 16 young actors, many of whom make their feature film debut.

The creative team behind MOFFIE are Hermanus regulars, working on what is their third collaboration with the director and they include SAFTA award winning production designer, Franz Lewis, renowned costumier Reza Levy and director of photography, Jamie D Ramsay.  

The original score is composed by Braam du Toit and the film is co-produced by another Hermanus collaborator, Thérèsa Ryan - van Graan. The film was shot last summer in various Western Cape locations. 

Hermanus said: "I am so honoured to return to Venice. The head of the festival, Alberto Barbera, has been such a wonderful champion of my work and I in turn am extremely proud of the cast and crew that have been a part of this return to Venice. 

"We really became one big family making this film and it will be a crowning moment to present the film to them in the context of such prestigious occasion like Venice, not to mention the audience of over a thousand people. What a trip!"

Every year The Venice Film Festival is a highlight of the international film calendar, welcoming only the best in the cinematic arts and plays host to celebrity-filled premieres and film events. It takes place from August 28 to September 7 on the Lido in Venice, forms part of the Venice Biennale and is the oldest film festival in the world. 


"Moffie" will be released in South Africa later this year.


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