A decade after the fall of apartheid, the 29th Toronto International Film Festival September 9 to 18 will train its spotlights on Johannesburg with a dozen South African films and documentaries on the bill.
The South African offerings will include Darrell James Roodt's Yesterday, the first film made in isiZulu, and the world premier of Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda." "Hotel..." is based on the true story of a Hutu who saved thousands of Tutsis from massacre during the 1994 genocide by putting them up in his deluxe hotel. Another world premier will be Red Dust starring Hilary Swank, a film made against the backdrop of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Also shown will be:
Max and Mona,
Zulu Love Letter,
Cape of Good Hope,
A South African Love Story, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, and
Mozart - the music of the violin.
"We think South Africa is absolutely the most interesting new country to emerge on the international scene in years," festival director Noah Cowan told a press conference Wednesday. I say. That's quite a statement.