Here’s a release trailer for a film that we’ve been following since its premier at the Berlin International Film Festival a year ago, a film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing, but has yet to screen in my city (at least that I’m aware of).
But if you live in France, you should know that the multi-country co-production thriller by director Pia Marais, titled Layla Fourie, will open in French theaters on March 26, just about 2 weeks from now.
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.
This is Rayna Campbell’s feature film debut; although she’s an accomplished stage actress, and has done some British TV work as well.
No word on whether the film has been picked up by an American distributor.
Here’s the brand new release trailer for the film ahead of its French open later this month. I really like what I see here (and everything we’ve seen so far) and I’m looking forward to the rest: