Following the partnership commitment that links both programs, the Nantes Produire au Sud workshop 2017 welcomes one feature film project, which was running the Durban FilmMart (DFM). The selection of the project forms one of the DFM award and has been announced during the award ceremony set July 17th. The producer and director of the film project are offered the opportunity to participate in the Produire au Sud workshop week along with the others selected film projects, November 20-26, 2017.
This year, the winning film project is the south-african project
MILES ROM NOWHERE
by Samantha Nell
and produced by Bongiwe Selane (Blingola Media)
A project supported by the French Embassy in Johannesburg
Furthermore, this year’s partnership is supported by the French Embassy in South Africa, which has been instrumental in finalising the programme and providing financial support for the key experts. The objective is to strengthen the links between France and South Africa in the film industry and create opportunities for professions in both countries.
Miles From Nowhere is an absurdist dark comedy set in an old-age home on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The film follows four residents in their seventies: Ben, a recently widowed elderly Jewish man, Mandla, a frustrated ex-MK freedom fighter, Lebo, an unyielding Jehovah’s witness, and Tanisha, an alienated Indian grandmother.
All four residents are confined by their age, economic and familial situations to Lily Parks Government Home for the Aged. Due to financial constraints, the facility announces that it will begin requiring residents to share rooms. This, coupled with their individual crises, causes Ben, Mandla, Lebo and Tanisha to depart the old age home. They quickly discover that they must rely on each other to get to where they’re going, despite neither knowing nor liking one another. Their journey is waylaid and they end up having to trek on foot inside the home in the hopes of reaching Ben’s car and setting out. However, given their age and frailty, even the short distance to the parking lot becomes an arduous journey. Through the course of this distance, they confront one another’s prejudices and attempt to connect across the divides between them.
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