MEERKAT MAANTUIG – the local film that is currently triumphing at international festivals, is showing in theatres countrywide from today!
MEERKAT MAANTUIG, a film by writer and director Hanneke Schutte, has already been selected to screen at 14 international film festivals. The enchanting film was inspired by the well-known South African writer, Riana Scheepers’ youth novella, Blinde Sambok, and Schutte used the book as inspiration and transformed it into a cinematic tale set in the wonderful woods of Magoebaskloof in South Africa.
Gideonette de la Rey (13) is a shy young girl who lives in a small town with her parents. Her father, Gideon, a minister, battles daily to avail his only daughter’s fears about the so-called curse of the Gideon de la Reys.
Her mother finally decides to send Gideonette to her grandparents’ farm in Magoebaskloof to get away from all the speculation about the curse and this is where Gideonette meets Bhubesi, a young, deaf boy who is in 'training' to become an astronaut. While her grandfather is building a big Meerkat Moonship for Bhubesi in the woods, the brave boy gradually starts winning Gideonette’s trust and the two embark on a strange journey of wordless friendship, which makes her realise that one can’t hide from one’s fears.
However, when fate delivers a final blow and Gideonette realises why her grandfather built the Moonship for Bhubesi, her newly found power is challenged, and she has to decide whether she’s going to allow fear to take over her life or whether she’s going to decide to overcome it.
MEERKAT MAANTUIG is produced by The Film Factory and the cast includes, among others, Anchen du Plessis, Themba Ntuli, Rika Sennett, Pierre van Pletzen, Hanlé Barnard en Drikus Volschenk. Rooi Rose is the proud media partner of the film and it is being distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.
MEERKAT MAANTUIG has been chosen to screen at the following international film festivals: Austin Film Festival (Texas), Oxford Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival (Arizona), The Kids First Film Festival, The Bay Area Children’s Festival (outside San Francisco), Omaha Film Festival (Nebraska), Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (Ohio), Afrykamera Film Festival (Poland), Giffoni Kids Film Festival (Italy) and GUKIFF International Kids Film Festival (Seoul, Korea).
"We’re very excited and are holding thumbs that the film will be well received. It’s taken me six years to get the film on the silver screen and I’m very grateful that the day has finally arrived!” – Hanneke Schutte, writer and director.
“Meerkat Maantuig is one of the highlights of my career. It’s a film that is truly world-class!” – Dries Scholtz, producer.
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MEERKAT MAANTUIG SHOWING FROM TODAY IN THEATRES COUNTRYWIDE!
Watch the trailer for MEERKAT MAANTUIG below!