SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


South Africa
2017, 96 мins
Production: The Film Factory
Language: Afrikaans
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Hanneke Schutte
Director: Hanneke Schutte
DoP: Willie Nel
Composer: Claire Vandelleur
Producer: Andre Scholtz, Dries Scholtz
Editor: Warwick Allan
Cast: Anchen du Plessis, Themba Ntuli, Pierre van Pletzen, Rika Sennett, Drikus Volschenk, Hanle Barnard


Aspiring botanist Gideonette de la Rey is convinced she’s destined to die at an early age because of a family curse—a belief that only intensifies after her father suddenly passes away. Her mother decides to send her to her grandparents’ farm in Magoebaskloof to get away from all the talk of the curse and it is here that she meets Bhubesi, a deaf young boy who’s ‘training’ to become an astronaut. Now she has to decide whether she’s going to let the curse consume her life or whether she’ll choose to defy it.

Director’s biography

Hanneke is a multi-award winning South African writer and director. She completed a BA in Zulu and Psychology and spent six years in advertising before embarking on a career as a filmmaker. Meerkat Maantuig (Meerkat Moonship), her second feature film, had its North American Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in Texas.

Director’s Filmography

2017 Meerkat Maantuig
2013 Jimmy in Pienk
2013 Saving Norman (short)
2009 Superhero (short)