The Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale is about to start on 9 February, so here is an update on South Africa#39;s presence at this important film industry showcase. Although South Africa#39;s presence at this year#39;s Berlinale might not reach the level of the previous years in terms of quantity as there will not be a South African stand at this year#39;s European Film Market, the quality of the representation and presented products remains unchanged: A big success is that theEuropean-South African co-production The Wound, a film that tackles the fabrication of masculinity, has been given the honour of opening the Panorama programme. Also screening in the Panorama section isAkin Omotoso#39;s latest film Vaya, a gripping portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto.
As every year, a great number of South African filmmakers, producers and distributors will be attending the festival, as well as representatives of theDepartment of Trade and Industry (dti), theNational Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)as well as the different provincial film commissions.
This year#39;s focus on the Black Worldsrdquo; and Europe will also feature premieres of such films like the much anticipatedI am not your negro by Raoul Peckon the late James Baldwin, whileAlain Gomis#39; Feacute;liciteacute;will be the only African film in official competition.
Source: South African Embassy to the Federal Republic of Germany.