22 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2010

The 31st edition of the Durban International Film Festival takes place from 22 July to 1 August 2010, presenting over 200 screenings of films from around the world at venues across Durban and surrounding communities.

Khalo Matabane’s State Of Violence will take center stage as the film’s world premier is set to open the festival with a powerful tale of revenge, history and memory, while Josh Appiganesi’s hilarious comedy The Infidel will bring the festival to a close. Packed between these two outstanding films will be a showcase of new filmmaker talent, established master Directors, global award winners as well as an unprecedented number of South African film world premiers.

One of the highlights of the Film Festival is a focus on cinema in Sweden made up of five contemporary Swedish Films under the banner of Swedish Film Is Here and five films by the legendary Swedish director, writer and producer, Ingmar Bergman.

The festival offers an extensive seminar and workshop component featuring local and international filmmakers, including the Talent Campus Durban programme which brings together about 40 young filmmakers from around the African continent as well as the 9th University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Audio Visual workshop for first-time filmmakers.

2010 also sees the staging of the inaugural Durban FilmMart, a joint project between the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban Film Office aimed at facilitating financing and co-production opportunities for African film projects.

Below are some of the Films to be showcased at the 2010 Durban International Film Festival.

Watch the official 31st Durban International Film Festival promotional video above and download the complete Festival Programme left.

South African Films – World Premiers


Life, Above All (African Premiere) Oliver Schmitz

A Small Town Called Descent Jahmil XT Qubeka

Paradise Stop Jann Turner

Attack Of The Indian Werewolf Masood Boomgard

Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (The Bull On The Roof) Jyoti Mistry

Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom (The Incredible Adventures Of Hanna Hoekom) Regardt van den Bergh

Jozi Kings Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Jamie Ramsay

Machansa Muntu Zwane

Visa/Vie Elan Gamaker


International Films


Moloch Tropical Raoul Peck

A Screaming Man Chadian Mahamet-Saleh Haroun

The White Ribbon Michael Haneke

The Time That Remain Elia Suleiman

The Killer Inside Me Michael Winterbottom

Four Lions Christopher Morris

Peepli Live Aamir Khan, Anusha Rizvi

A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop Zhang Yimou

In White Material Claire Denis


International Directors


The Window Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Wild Grass Alain Renais

Soul Kitchen Faith Akin

Lola Brillante Mendoza

Nymph Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Mother Boon Joon-ho

Life During Wartime Todd Solondz

Kamui Yoichi Sai

Baaria Guiseppe Tornatore

Loose Cannons Ferzan Ozpetek

The White Meadows Mohammed Rasoulof


New Generation Amateur Filmmakers


I Killed My Mother Xavier Dolan

Mundane History Anocha Suwichakornpong

Amreeka Cherien Dabis

Au Revoir Taipei Arvin Chen

Brotherhood Nocolo Donato

Chicks Sophie Letourneur

Cold Water Of The Sea Paz Fabrega

Dogtooth Giorgos Lanthimos

Four Lions Christopher Morris

Giant Adrien Binez

Harry Brown Daniel Barber

Me Too Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro

Memories Of A Burning Tree Sherman Ong

The Milk Of Sorrow Claudia Llosa

Monga Doze Niu Chen-Zer

Running On Empty Dai Sako

Heiran Shalizeh Arefpour

The Well Umesh Vinayak Kulkami

Winters Bone Debra Granik


Swedish Films – Sweden Film Is Here


Sebbe Babak Najafi

The Ape Jesper Gansladt

Mammoth Lukas Moodysson

Metropia Tarik Saleh

The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev




The Battle For Johannesburg Rehad Desai

When The Mountain Meets Its Shadow Alexander Kleider, Daniela Michel

Have You Heard From Johannesburg : Fairplay Connie Field

The Cradock Four David Forbes

Sons Of The Sand – The Strini Moodley Interview Savo Tufegdzic

RFK In The Land Of Apartheid – A Ripple Of Hope Tami Gold, Larry Shore

Surfing Soweto Sara Blecher, Dimakatso Raphoto

My Hunter’s Heart Craig Foster, Damon Foster

Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What Renee Scheltema

Driving With Fanon Steve Kwena Mokwena

The Fairway Mzimasi Gova

Fool In A Bubble Josh Sternlicht

Letters From Teddy Terry Westby-Nunn

Mugabe And The White African Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson

Congo In Four Acts Kiripi Katembo Siku, Dieudo Hamadi, Patrick Ken Kalala, Divita Wa Lusala

Koundi And The National Thursday Ingrid Atodji

Coming Out Of The Nkuta Celine Metzger

Aisheen – Still Alive In Gaza Nicholas Wadimoff, Beatrice Guelpa

Tehran Without Permission Sepideh Farsi

The Shock Doctrine Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross

The Game Of Death Christophe Nick, Thomas Bornot

Picture Me : A Model’s Diary Ole Schell, Sara Ziff

Winnebago Man Ben Steinbauer


Eco-Lens – Ecology and Environmental Documentaries


Scientists Under Attack Bertram Verhaag

American Foulbrood Carlos Francisco

Gasland Josh Fox

Waste Land Lucy Walker

4th Revolution : Energy Autonomy Carl Fechner, Irja Martens


Principle Screening Venues


Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (031) 260 2296

Nu Metro Cinecentre – Suncoast (031) 328 3349/38

Ster Kinekor Junction – Musgrave 086 130 0444

Cinema Nouveau – Gateway 082 16789

Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre – KwaMashu (031) 504 6970

The Royal Hotel (031) 333 6000

*Further screenings in townships without acces to cinemas



22 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2010