And if Durban’s 34th edition says anything about new film production in Africa, it’s “a sense of renewal of African cinematic language,” said new festival manager Peter Machen.
In this sense, the choice of Jahmil Xt Qubeka’s grisly “Of Good Report” as a curtain raiser was a statement of intent. Shot in b/w, laced by literary references — John Keats’ “Bright Star,” “Othello” are two — and described by Qubeka as a “cinephile’s passionate homage” to classic film noir, “Report” charts a English teacher’s discombobulated and soon increasingly demented obsession for a lively student with whom he begins an affair.
For Machen, “This year’s African and South African films have a freshness to them,
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