DIFF 2018

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Films featured at the Durban International Film Festival 2018.

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1. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

90 Metascore

A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Common, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 12,923

2. Shakedown (2018)

72 min | Documentary, Drama, History

SHAKEDOWN chronicles explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles. The story functions as a legend where money is both myth and material. Cumulatively, questions ... See full summary »

Director: Leilah Weinraub | Stars: Egypt, Jazmyne, Junior, Mahogany

Votes: 32

3. Alaska Is a Drag (2017)

83 min | Drama

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out... See full summary »

Director: Shaz Bennett | Stars: Martin L. Washington Jr., Maya Washington, Matt Dallas, Christopher O'Shea

Votes: 74

4. Rafiki (2018)

83 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu | Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi

Votes: 1,454 | Gross: $0.14M

5. The Tokoloshe (2018)

92 min | Horror, Thriller

Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her ... See full summary »

Director: Jerome Pikwane | Stars: Petronella Tshuma, Kwande Nkosi, Dawid Minnaar, Harriet Manamela

Votes: 117

6. Farewell Ella Bella (2018)

80 min | Drama

For Ella (24), the death of her alcoholic father leaves her with nothing but debt and the bitter memory of a complicated past. Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she has sacrificed her... See full summary »

Director: Lwazi Mvusi | Stars: Jay Anstey, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Lionel Newton, Katlego Danke

Votes: 10

7. High Fantasy (2017)

PG-13 | 71 min | Comedy, Drama

4 young South Africans go on a camping trip to the white girl's family farm. When they wake up next day, they've magically switched bodies. Later, when they've switched back, they're interviewed documentary style.

Director: Jenna Cato Bass | Stars: Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz

Votes: 148

8. The Recce (2018)

115 min | Drama

1981 - RECCE, Henk Viljoen, is wrongfully declared KIA behind enemy lines. Abandoned by his superiors; it's a race for survival in which his mental and physical abilities are pushed to their limits, as he navigates his way through the treacherous Angolan war zone in an effort to make his way home to his loved ones.

Director: Johannes Ferdinand Van Zyl | Stars: Greg Kriek, Christia Visser, Grant Swanby, Maurice Carpede

Votes: 45

9. Clint (2017)

138 min | Biography, Drama

The movie is based on the real life story of Edmund Thomas Clint, the child prodigy, who left the world at the age of seven, leaving behind around 25,000 drawings and paintings.

Director: Harikumar | Stars: Unni Mukundan, Rima Kallingal, Vinay Forrt, Salim Kumar

Votes: 39

10. Silas (2017)

80 min | Documentary

Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman profile the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation.

Directors: Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar | Stars: Marlay Siakor, Silas Siakor

Votes: 58

11. Amal (III) (2017)

83 min | Documentary

Amal is fourteen years old when she goes to Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring to showcase. With youthful hubris she goes straight to the danger. This coming of age film follows ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Siam | Stars: Amal Gamal, Nagua Said, Esraa Mamdouh, Hosny Swelam

Votes: 75

12. The State Against Mandela and the Others (2018)

105 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth. He seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte | Stars: Quartus de Wet, Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, Nelson Mandela

Votes: 77

13. Deep End (2018)

90 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Sunitha aspires for what is not expected of her. She has to dig deep with a new resolve and confidence to overcome familiar cliches and introduce new lifestyle choices in a traditional community.

Director: Eubulus Timothy | Stars: Greg Kriek, Carishma Basday, Suraya Santos, Priya Lutchman

Votes: 13

14. The Lullaby (2017)

86 min | Horror

48 Metascore

Returning to her home town, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Alongside dealing with her super ... See full summary »

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Reine Swart, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, Deànré Reiners

Votes: 1,182

15. Table Manners (2018)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Family, food and love. Life's three courses made easy.

Director: Leli Maki | Stars: Dimitri Bajlanis, Siphiwe Hlabangane, Christopher Jaftha, Graeme Kriega

Votes: 9

16. A trip to the Moon (2017)

87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Tomas is an outcast young teenager trying to pass an exam. His family is constantly pressing him and her mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an... See full summary »

Director: Joaquín Cambre | Stars: Leticia Brédice, Luis Machín, Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Germán Palacios

Votes: 81

17. All You Can Eat Buddha (2017)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

At the Palacio, an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, Mike's arrival complicates the normal flow of operations. His voracious appetite, mysterious magnetism and unexpected miracles ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Lagarde | Stars: Sylvio Arriola, Ludovic Berthillot, Daydi Diaz Cabrera, Nathalie Coupal

Votes: 287

18. An Impossibly Small Object (2018)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy

A photographer takes a photo of a little girl on the nightly streets of Taipei. After this the memory of his own childhood starts to come back to him more and more and becomes intertwined ... See full summary »

Director: David Verbeek | Stars: Lucia, Chen-Hung Chung, David Verbeek, Klara Mucci

Votes: 72

19. Aya (2019)


AYA (Danica De La Rey) plans to meet with BAYODE (Richard Gau) who she'd meet online. This against the wishes and advice of her best friend PAMELA (Keketso Montshiwa) who decides for safety... See full summary »

Director: Khalid EL-Jelailati | Stars: Charlie Bouguenon, Danica De La Rey, Richard Gau, Keketso Montshiwa

20. Brown Girl Begins (2017)

70 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

It's 2049 on a forsaken island off the coast of Toronto where the survival of the islanders depends on young Ti-Jeanne to risk death by a spirit so she can take her place as a caribbean priestess and save her people.

Director: Sharon Lewis | Stars: Mouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams, Shakura S'Aida, Emmanuel Kabongo

Votes: 114

21. Cook Off (2017)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

Single mother Anesu's life is turned upside down when her son enters her into a reality TV competition. A refreshing view of contemporary life in Harare, Zimbabwe, told through the lens of a classic romantic comedy.

Director: Tomas Brickhill | Stars: Tendaiishe Chitima, Tomas Brickhill, Chirikure Chirikure, Tehn Diamond

Votes: 12

22. Djon Africa (2018)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Rastafarian Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, an adventurer whom he doesn't know. But ... See full summary »

Directors: João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis | Stars: Bitori Nha Bibinha, Isabel Cardoso, Miguel Moreira, Patricia Soso

Votes: 182

23. Golnesa (2018)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Family

Golmammad and Golnesa, a young Afghan couple, are illegal immigrants who are working in a traditional brick making kiln in Iran. Following the events happening to them, their lives undergo changes

Director: Sattar Chamani Gol | Stars: Saeed Dakh, Masoud Mohammadi, Ali Mohammad Radmanesh, Yeganeh Rajabi

Votes: 11

24. Italy Italy (2017)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Barfa and Nader meet each other and get marry but little by little their life begin to reach it's crisis levels.

Director: Kaveh Sabbaghzade | Stars: Hamed Komeili, Sara Bahrami, Homayoun Ershadi, Jahangir Mirshekari

Votes: 289

25. Lögndagen (2017)

80 min | Drama

Iranian couple Leily and Mahyar move to Sweden so that Leily can pursue her graduate degree. With the culture shock and the language barrier, Mahyar finds himself struggling to find work ... See full summary »

Director: Yaghoob Keshavarz | Stars: Roya Bamzar, Yaghoob Keshavarz

Votes: 30

26. Miracle (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Close to bankruptcy, Irena, the owner of a struggling pig farm in tiny post-Communist town finds a surprising benefactor in a handsome American man who appears to be the answer to all her prayers.

Director: Egle Vertelyte | Stars: Egle Mikulionyte, Vyto Ruginis, Andrius Bialobzeskis, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 479

27. Pororoca (2017)

152 min | Drama

The story follows Tudor and his family, where his life was destroyed after the disappearance their daughter at the park.

Director: Constantin Popescu | Stars: Bogdan Dumitrache, Iulia Lumânare, Constantin Dogioiu, Stefan Raus

Votes: 783

28. Table Manners (2018)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Family, food and love. Life's three courses made easy.

Director: Leli Maki | Stars: Dimitri Bajlanis, Siphiwe Hlabangane, Christopher Jaftha, Graeme Kriega

Votes: 9

29. Tatu

Horror | Announced

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Director: Emily Gardner | Star: Stephen Damian

30. The Foolish Bird (2017)

118 min | Drama

A 16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn't know. As she takes risks, she has her first sexual experience - a cruel one.

Directors: Ji Huang, Ryuji Otsuka | Stars: Yao Fang, Xiao Liqiao, Honggui Yao

Votes: 66

31. The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain (2018)

97 min | Mystery

Two shepherds living on top of an unknown mountain go searching for an aircraft that crash landed somewhere nearby even as different teams sent by the aircraft's team get lost on the mountain.

Director: Ridham Janve | Stars: Lokendra Gurung, Arjun Pant

Votes: 46

32. The Movie of My Life (2017)

113 min | Drama

Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.

Director: Selton Mello | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Selton Mello, Bruna Linzmeyer, Erika Januza

Votes: 1,463

33. Faces (I) (2018)


It is a multi-narrative feature film set across four storylines that follow a group of characters as their lives begin to unravel. Aisha is in a marriage that has become stale. When her ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph A. Adesunloye | Stars: Terry Pheto, Shingai Shoniwa, Denver Isaac, Matthieu Charneau

Votes: 10

34. Big Fish & Begonia (2016)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl travels to the human world in the form of a dolphin and forms a connection with a human boy.

Directors: Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang | Stars: Guanlin Ji, Shangqing Su, Timmy Xu, Shulan Pan

Votes: 3,945

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