Kagiso Lediga premieres two films at CTIFM&F

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Fresh from showcasing their latest films at international festivals, Diprente Films are
giving South Africans the chance to watch their new films, Catching
Feelings
and Matwetwe at the Cape Town International Film Market and
Festival (CTIFM&F) taking place at the V & A Waterfront from 12 to 21 October 2017.

Tuesday, 17 October marked the South African premiere of Catching Feelings,
Lediga’s directorial debut. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF)
in June and recently had its East Coast premiere in New York at Urbanworld Film
Festival. Catching Feelings was also written by, and stars Lediga. Set in a chic
and middle class Johannesburg, it is a tale of how life, love and art intersect in
uncontrollable ways. Catching Feelings follows a jaded academic (Lediga) and
his journalist wife (Pearl Thusi), who have their lives turned upside down when a
celebrated and hedonistic older writer (Andrew Buckland) unexpectedly moves into
their urban Johannesburg home with them. Despite their love for each other, their
relationship has hit a rut. Lacking excitement, the couple have settled into a routine
that neither agrees with. Max now spends his time at dinners and events, musing over
his frustrations with his key conspirator and sounding board, Joel (Akin Omotoso),
who himself has his hands full with an illicit affair. The film also features Zandi Tisani,
Precious Makgaretsa and Kate Liquorish.

Lediga says of Catching Feelings: “I wanted to make a fun film about
Johannesburg. It is a place full of contradictions. It is Africa’s business capital and
culturally diverse with a very messy recent history. I find it fascinating that the 30-
something, black, middle class characters portrayed in this film never existed 20
years ago because it was essentially illegal to be black and middle class and I guess it
would also be impossible to engage in angst ridden, existential navel gazing when
you’re fleeing tear gas and rubber bullets from the Apartheid cops. Although it is
rumored that the 30-something year olds of Apartheid times had a greater sense of
purpose.”

Check out the Catching Feelings trailer below:

Lediga’s second film Matwetwe (Wizard) screens on Wednesday, 18 October
after recently returning from Fantastic Fest, the biggest genre festival in America.
Matwetwe (Wizard) is a coming-of-age adventure following Lefa and Papi,
best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over
the course of an action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville,
the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions,
get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade. “The process of
developing this story located in my childhood neighbourhood and working with young
actors from around Atteridgeville and Pretoria was very exciting,’ says Lediga.

Check out the Matwetwe trailer below:

Catching Feelings on 20 October at 14h45 at The Waterfront Nu Metro 6.

Matwetwe (Wizard) on 18 October at 20h00 at The Waterfront Ster-
Kinekor Nouveau, and on 21 October at 12h30; The Waterfront Nu Metro 6

Both films are produced by Tamsin Andersson and Kagiso Lediga with Diprente Films
and shot by cinematographer Motheo Moeng. The creative team are excited to
showcase the films to South African audiences, leading up to their local release in
2018.

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