South Africa movie director and writer Oliver Hermanus and Portobello Productions have announced that the new film, Moffie, will have its world premiere during the celebration of the 76th Venice Film Festival which begins on 28th of August, 2019.
“Moffie” was created in partnership with Hermanus’ Cape Town-based Penzance Films alongside the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa.
This is the second film production by Hermanus, and the only fourth South African film, to receive an official invitation to Venice in the 76th years of the festival.
The action-packed film, “Moffie” is produced by South African born Eric Abraham, who produced the Academy award-winning films – Jan Sverak’s Kolya (1996) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (2014) – and Jack Sidey of Portobello Productions.
It is based on the memoir, Moffie, by André-Carl van der Merwe and tells the dramatic life of a South African conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981.
The film features Kai Luke Brummer in his first film lead role as well as a cast of sixteen young actors, many of whom make their feature film debut.
“I feel so honored to have returned to Venice. The head of the festival, Alberto Barbera, has been such a wonderful champion of my movie and I, in turn, am very proud of the cast and crew that have been involved in this return to Venice,” Hermanus said. “We 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 highly reputable occasion like Venice, not to mention the audience of over a thousand people. What a trip!”
The 2019 Venice International Film Festival starts from 28th August to 7th September in Venice, later this year Moffie will be released in South Africa.