Moffie movie at Venice Film FestivalThe South African Moffie movie will be at the 76th Venice Film Festival, telling the story of a conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981. The Oliver Hermanus and Portobello Productions film will have its World Premiere at the festival, which starts on 28 August 2019.

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 Venice Film 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.

Moffie movie at Venice Film Festival

Moffie movie cast and team

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

In 2018 the producers of the film along with casting director Jaci Cheiman hosted a nationwide casting call for the film’s lead and for the other conscripts. Kai Luke Brummer attended no less than eight individual castings before bagging the leading role of Nicholas.  Two of the near thousand hopefuls who responded to a Facebook and press campaign and consequently attended the casting sessions in Johannesburg, Matthew Vey and Rikus Terblanche, landed other principal parts in the film. They are both still in high school.

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 costumer 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.

The Moffie movie will be released in South Africa later this year.

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