Currently on the Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau films October 2019 circuit are an interesting and engaging range of films which include a South African classic novel brought to the big screen, and a British best-seller following the same treatment. Here are our picks:
Parasite is a Korean black-comedy-thriller directed by Bong Joon-ho. It won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Parasite is a biting social satire about economic inequality seen through the symbiotic relationship between a destitute South Korean family, the Kims, and a wealthy family, the Parks. When the Kim children infiltrate the Park Family household, the power balance shifts in unexpected ways. It’s been praised as “a home-invasion story tailor-made for our times”.
Based on the (much-awaited and best-selling) novel by Donna Tartt (author of The Secret History), The Goldfinch is about a young man called Theodore, whose life undergoes a major upheaval after his mother is killed in a terrorist bomb attack in a museum. He steals a famous painting from the museum during the event, which sets off a train of strange or strained relationships and bad decisions that haunt him years. The film is directed by John Crowley and features Ansel Elgort as Theodore, alongside Oakes Fegley, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman.
Fiela se Kind
Fielaa se Kind is also based on a best-selling novel, and this is in fact the second film version of the book (there has also been a stage play). It tells the story of a young (white) boy who is lost in the Karoo, and taken in by a kind (coloured) woman. Nearly a decade later, the boy’s supposed family (white) from the Knysna forest area come to claim him back. But they;re crual and abusive, and the boy yearns for his Karoo “mother.” This version is directed by Brett Michael Innes and includes Zenobia Kloppers, Drikus Volschenk, Melissa Willering, Cindy Swanepoel and Wayne Smith in the cast.
After the Wedding
Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Billy Crudup are in the cast of After the Wedding, directed by Bart Freundlich. Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle travels to New York to meet Theresa, a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present as mysteries unravel.