The 33d edition of the Durban Film Festival will take place between the 19th and the 29th of July, 2012. During 10 days, South Africa's longest-running film festival will screen over 250 films from around the world – see the full list here. As part of the France-South Africa crossed seasons, the DIFF organises a special focus on French cinema during this edition. This will bring not only a rich representation of 18 outstanding French films, but also some important industry initiatives intended to stimulate the growth of cinema on the African continent. Here is a brief survey of all the French events taking place at the DIFF.
Among the French long features in the DIFF programme, some take their inspiration from the real world as in "The Lady", which relates the tale of Burma’s heroic leader and Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. "38 Witnesses" is an unsettling tale about a murder that could have been prevented; and Brillante Mendoza’s "Captive", starring Isabelle Huppert, deals with a hostage situation in the Philippines. A major scoop is the screening of the winner of this year’s Cannes festival Palme d’Or, "Love" by master film maker Michael Haneke, a film which raises stark questions about relationships, old age and dying. Also fresh from its première at Cannes, immigration and survival against the odds takes centre stage in The Pirogue, by Senegalese director Moussa Toure. Impossible to evoke all the 18 French films here of course, but try not to miss Alain Gomis' "Tey", telling the story of a man who wakes up knowing that it will be the last day of his life; and "Outside Satan" a dark and edgy modern fable, not for the faint-hearted. On the lighter side, the animated "A Monster in Paris" is a steam-punk monster-flick that will have you tapping your foot to the sound of Parisian cabaret.