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Durban Fest Opens With South African Pic ‘Hard to Get’

The Durban Intl. Film Festival will open July 17 with “Hard to Get,” from South African helmer Zee Ntuli. Pic is Ntuli’s feature debut.

Film follows T.K., a young womanizer who falls for thief Skiets; the couple’s romance is played out against the backdrop of Johnannesburg’s criminal underworld. Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring produced the action-romance.

“The criminal gauntlet parallels the emotional journey of T.K. and Skiets, providing a metaphor for how scary falling in love can be. Ultimately it is a hopeful story, one which carries the message that love is worth fighting for,” said Ntuli in a statement.

Festival manager Peter Machen said in statement, “I also think that it’s going to make instant stars of its two leads Thishiwe Ziqubu and Pallance Dladla, who are both electrifying, as well as director Zee Ntuli, who is virtually guaranteed a bright future on the global filmmaking stage on the basis of this first feature.”

Machen also hopes that this film will be able to lead local auds back to theaters playing local productions.

The festival runs July 17-27, and includes more than 200 theatrical screenings as well as seminars and workshops, plus the 7th Talent Campus Durban (in cooperation with the Berlin Talent Campus) and the 5th Durban FilmMart co-production market (in partnership with the Durban Film Office).

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