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October 21, 2010

Let’s go to the movies! Three great festivals coming up

beautiful darling out in africa

Beautiful Darling: The Life & Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar is one of the great films showing at the Out In Africa festival this year. Photo courtesy Out In Africa

Cape Town’s known as much for its film fraternity as it is for its lively performance art scene, so naturally we host film festivals almost as often as we launch a theatre piece.

Now showing, or starting soon, are three key movie festivals that truly offer something for every taste: It’s time for Out In Africa, the Sixth Annual South African HORRORFEST and the Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival.

Out In Africa – South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Out In Africa returns to the continent’s pink capital for its sixteenth year and this time screenings are at two venues in Cape Town: The Roxy at On Broadway and the V&A Waterfront Nu Metro.

The festival kicks off tonight, October 21, with special, invitation-only screenings of Loose Cannons, a sophisticated film by Ferzan Özpetek of Ignorant Fairies that follows a young man on a family visit to his hometown of Lecce, which turns out to be an explosive affair.

The festival runs until November 7 so you have plenty of time to catch the thirty feature films – seven of which are South African – and the seven short films that will be screened this year.

Click here for more information and a full schedule for both venues.

Sixth Annual South African HORRORFEST

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Classic B-grade horror fare The Devil Bat is part of the HORRORFEST lineup. Photo courtesy Wrong Side of the Art

The HORRORFEST has gained cult status in Cape Town and is one of the hotly anticipated events of the year.

A variety of horror-related films are screened and dressing up is encouraged (and rewarded).

Known for not shying away from controversial pieces (like last year’s The Human Centipede) as well as crowd pleasers (like hilarious and well-crafted Zombieland), the organisers seem to have developed the perfect recipe for gory fun.

As for the frighteningly novel, the Makabra Ensemble will provide the live soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera this year – and not the Andrew Lloyd Webber version.

A new short story competition has been incorporated into the festival’s Bloody Parchment literary chapter; check out Shadow Realm Inc for more information.

With live readings by some of South Africa’s best authors, you’re literally in for literary terror.

From cult favourites (like The Exorcist, which is being screened for free on October 28) and new releases (like Sparrow, a Poland/UK production) to rarities (like German mad scientist romp The Head) and short films, there’s bound to be something to sink your teeth into, but please, no under-18s.

The Sixth Annual South African HORRORFEST runs from October 28 to November 5 at the Labia on Orange.

Visit the website for all the dreadful details. 

Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival

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Tanzanian flm A Place Without People will be screened during the Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival. Photo courtesy Fest21.com

Onto something decidedly more serious, the Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival is showing from October 26 to 31 at the V&A Waterfront.

This annual festival focuses on documentary films from or about Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East, showcasing cinema that deals with pertinent socio-political and human rights themes in these regions.

Look out for Mugabe and the White African on October 27 at 19h45, which will be followed by an audience discussion.

After the screening of An Independent Mind on October 29 at 17h45, a discussion will be moderated by members of the Freedom of Expression Institute. In some instances the filmmakers themselves will be in attendance to field questions.

There is a fantastic selection of thought-provoking documentaries, both short and feature-length, on offer this year so do visit the festival’s website for synopses and schedules.

The Battle for Johannesburg, Afrikaaps and A Place Without People are not to be missed.

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