The short story goes… What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola?
Directed by Henk Pretorius and co-written by Pretorius and Janine Eser, the film is called Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.
It stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo (star of South African TV network SABC1’s paranomal investigative series Room 9) as Fanie’s love interest and Eduan van Jaarsveld as Fanie – Fanie being the Afrikaans guy – a white South African.
So, yes, it’s an interracial love story, described as funny yet hard-hitting, that tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape à Motana.
ScreenAfrica says it’s apparently a “highly anticipated” film, which will make its world premiere at the 2013 Jozi Film Festival next month in Johannesburg, before a national theatrical release in South African, starting on March 1, 2013.
“At its core, the movie is a real love story between two quirky characters who are deeply attracted to each other,” says co-writer and producer Eser.
Rounding out the cast are Chris Chameleon, Connie Chiume, Motlatsi Mafatshe, Jerry Mofokeng, Richard van der Westhuizen and Marga van Rooy.
By the way, Lobolo or Lobola in Zulu, in short, is a traditional Southern African custom whereby the man pays the family of his fiancée for her hand in marriage.
Here’s the trailer (poster underneath):