Last we wrote about this project, in September – a multi-country co-production thriller by Pia Marais, titled Layla Fourie – was in post-production, with expectations that it would likely debut on the international film festival circuit in early 2013.
It looks like that’s going to after all, with news this morning that it’ll make its world premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival next month.
Recapping… Here’s the official synopsis:
Layla Fourie, a single mother in South Africa, is given the opportunity to get proper employment as polygraphist for pre-employment tests at a casino complex. In the constant present atmosphere of mistrust, lies and fear, Layla becomes a suspect herself on a murder happening on her first working day.
Produced by Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion, South Africa’s DV8 Films/Zinebar, IDTV (Netherlands), Cinema Defacto (France) and WDR/ARTE, the English-language Layla Fourie stars black British actress Rayna Campbell as the title character, and August Diehl (who most will remember from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds playing SS-Sturmbannführer Dieter Hellstrom).
The Match Factory is selling the film globally.
Rayna Campbell is one Brit actress we really haven’t talked about here; and that might be because she’s still relatively new to the industry (if her IMDB page is accurate), and she’s done primarily British television and stage work.
With Layla Fourie now scheduled to debut next month, we’ll continue to track its progress, and report as developments happen. I anticipate we’ll be seeing a trailer very soon, which I’m looking forward to
In the meantime, watch Rayna below in a BBC short film she co-starred in titled Bordeland, playing a Kenyan asylum seeker, for a sample of her talents: