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Durban Film Festival highlights

Notable events from the South African program

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This year’s French Focus includes Laurent Cantet’s “The Class,” winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or, alongside Anne Fontaine’s period drama “Coco Before Chanel,” with Audrey Tautou as the legendary designer.

‘Words’ from India

As part of Indian Visions, Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh will present the world premiere of “After Words,” starring Bipasha Basu and Prosenjit as a reckless poet and his anxious wife, while actress Nandita Das (“Before the Rains”) makes her directorial debut with “Firaaq,” a condemnation of religious violence.

‘Myrrh’ tops Perspectives

Palestinian Perspectives features three very different films: Najwa Najjar’s “Pomegranates and Myrrh,” Annemarie Jacir’s “Salt of This Sea” and Rashid Masharawi’s “Laila’s Birthday.”

Coin flip

Solutions to Film Finance will include presentations from Africa Caribbean Pacific, the Industrial Development Corp., the Dept. of Trade and Industry and the NFVF.

Docs rock

“Zwelidumile,” Ramadan Suleman’s documentary about South African artist Dumile Feni, will have its world premiere at Durban, as will “Ice Man,” Craig and Damon Foster’s documentary about Lewis Pugh, who swims the polar regions to highlight the impending climate catastrophe.

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