Continuing with highlights of films set to screen at PAFF next month…
Previously titled “Black South-Easter,” “Cold Harbour” is a South African crime thriller starring Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena (maybe the most recognizable to USA audiences), Yu Nan, Deon Lotz, Thomas Gumede and Zolani Mahola.
It’s directed by Carey McKenzie, and produced by Tendeka Matatu.
The film opens with the mutilated body of a Chinese man that washes up on a Cape Town beach. For township cop Sizwe Miya (played by Kgoroge), this is an opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. His boss and mentor, Venske (Lotz), gives Sizwe the case but assigns a rookie cop, Legama (Gumede), to keep an eye on him. Sizwe discovers that the homicide is linked to the Chinese mafia who are smuggling goods into Cape Town. Set in a murky moral underworld where self-interest and corruption have overtaken loyalty and honor, integrity demands that Sizwe take the law into his own hands, working for a police department that will sell itself to the highest bidder.
It’s been a long road for the project, which was part of the Berlinale Talent Project Market in 2008, when I first learned about it, and have been following since.
The film has already screened theatrically in South Africa, and will next be seen as part of the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles’ 2015 lineup – February 5 to 15.
S&A will certainly be present for the festival, so expect reviews of several of the films that’ll screen there this year.
In the meantime, check out the good-looking trailer for “Cold Harbour” below: