GRIOT Begins Canada Wide Screening And Concert Tour This October.

Volker Goetze's documentary Griot will begin a cross Canada tour here in Toronto on October 24th at the Royal Cinema. We have the trailer to share with you below. While the film tours the country there will also be single... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF13, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, And THE SQUARE

Already quite a year, and we're only four days into this 11-day fest! Something kind of unique for me, my first "stand up" in front of a boisterous crowd, talking TIFF off the top of my head. Chatted about Cuarón's... More »
  

Stellar Extended Trailer For Toronto Selected South African Heist Film iNUMBER NUMBER

Looking for an under the radar title that could break out from the crowded field at the Toronto International Film Festival? Donovan Marsh's South African heist film iNumber Number looks like it could be the one. Gritty and stylish action... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Stylish Action From South Africa In iNUMBER NUMBER Trailer

Director Donovan Marsh has hit these pages before thanks to his coming of age comedy Spud - which features John Cleese in a supporting role - but he's mining entirely different ground with his Toronto selected action film iNumber Number.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Happy Birthday Madiba! The Beautiful Teaser For MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Nelson Mandela - affectionately known by his clan name, Madiba - turns 95 today. The anti-apartheid revolutionary, and first democratically elected South African president, remains gravely ill in a Johannesburg hospital, and all of South Africa is in slow mourning... More »
  

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Witness The Peculiar World Of Fantasy Coffins In PAA JOE: DEAD NOT BURIED

Why spend eternity in a box when you can spend it in a lion? That's a very fundamental question for Paa Joe, a Ghanaian craftsman of 'fantasy coffins'. And what, praytell, is a fantasy coffin? It's a coffin that's more... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Folk Tales Come To Life In KWAKU ANANSE

If you - like me - first became aware of African trickster spirit Ananse through Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, here's your chance for something a little bit more authentic.Akosua Adoma Owusu's Ghanaian short film Kwaku Ananse comes supported by the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa Gets Its GREASE On With Box Office Hit PRETVILLE

It's got singing, dancing and bobby sox and a week into its South African theatrical run, the Afrikaans language, 50s set musical Pretville is proving tough to beat. Clearly taking a page from the Grease playbook, Pretville has opened to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Angola Never Looked Sexier Than In THE GREAT KILAPY Trailer!

Effectively blending history and politics with a darkly humorous crime thriller, Angolan director Zeze Gamboa's second feature looks to be suave, sexy and oozing with cool. Set in the mid-1970s, on the eve of Angola's independence from Portugual, O... More »
  

Review: THE AMBASSADOR, More Than a Great Documentary Stunt

(With Drafthouse Films releasing The Ambassador in New York today and in other selected U.S. cities on Friday, we revisit our review from HotDocs.) Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on... More »
  

Put A Little Trouble In Your Hat With The Stellar Trailer For Dance Doc THE AFRICAN CYPHER

South African director Bryan Little is about to show you the streets of Soweto like you've never seen them. As the home to some incredibly talented young men responding to a difficult environment through dance. Little's The African Cypher is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Super Slick Trailer For South African Psycho-Sexual Thriller SLEEPER'S WAKE

Adapted from an acclaimed novel, Barry Berk's Sleeper's Wake presents something international audiences are not at all used to seeing come out of Africa: A dark, slickly shot psycho sexual thriller that promises to stand with the best of them.John... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sydney 2012: Day 3 Trailer of the Day - UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

My pick for today's Sydney Film Festival trailer of the day is Under African Skies, which focuses on Paul Simon's seminal album Graceland. About Under African Skies: Paul Simon returns to South Africa to reunite with the musicians, including Ladysmith Black... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

A Crook. A Cop. A Body Swap. They're COPPOSITES!

the body swap comedy. It's one of the most bizarrely resilient sub-genres in film history. They're all basically the same and yet they pop up over and over again around the world, presumably because they give their stars a chance... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

HotDocs 2012: THE AMBASSADOR Review

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The... More »
  

African Men Shoot Their Machine Guns From Trucks And Think Smiling is Stupid

Though I had absolutely nothing to do with making this, consider it a sort of impromptu follow up to my previous editorial about Think Like A Man and Hollywood's bias against casting minorities in significant parts. Check the video below... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Trailer For South African Heist Movie 31 MILLION REASONS

While every nation's local cinema has its own distinct flavor there are also certain constants no matter where you go. And one of those is that crime plays well everywhere. It's a simple fact. And it's one that is clearly... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sundance 2012: Watch The Trailer For Somali Pirate Short FISHING WITHOUT NETS

As Sundance approaches, there's bound to be a flurry of teasers and trailers for the 2012 selection coming online, if not already. We might as well start with one from the shorts program, Cutter Hodierne's Fishing Without Nets. The synopsis... More »
  
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