After two years of streaming online, the 9e The European Film Festival in South Africa is returning to theaters this year for those looking for a full cinematic experience on the big screen. The festival presents a selection of 16 multi-award-winning European films that have yet to be released in South Africa.
He understands As far as I can walk, a reimagining of a traditional medieval epic in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. The adaptation, which follows a young Ghanaian refugee couple in Belgrade, raises questions about identity, tradition, race and love.
Starting next week, October 13-23, each film will have a single screening at Ster-Kinekor’s The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and a single screening at The Labia in The Gardens, Cape Town.
“Cinemas across the country have endured long periods of closure and crippling seating restrictions in the time of Covid,” says Festival co-director Magdalene Reddy. “As moviegoers, we are grateful that they survived and are fully functioning again. As the festival celebrates films and filmmaking, we also honor the theaters that bring those films to life for us.
Tickets cost R80 at The Zone and R70 at The Labia. Visit https://www.eurofilmfest.co.za/2022-home/screenings/ to book.
For those who can’t make it to the cinema, this year’s hybrid model also lets you watch the movies at home via a free online streaming service. For film synopses, screening times and festival information, visit www.eurofilmfest.co.za