The festive season kicks off early this year when the new Afrikaans comedy-drama,
Liewe Kersfeesvader, hits cinema screens this Friday, 17 November.
In this delightfully funny and charming tale, with enough heart and soul for multiple
Christmas seasons, audiences get to meet the Blignaut family – Herman, Ma,
daughter Nonnie and kleptomaniac son Hugo. This seemingly perfect Karoo family is,
however, particularly vulnerable when the silly season hits. Ma’s Christmas gift to the
family comes in the form of a set of divorce papers and the “good news’ that she is
leaving the family to join a travelling circus.
Deserted by their mother and with their father in a funk, Nonnie is left to take care of
Hugo and keep some semblance of order in the home. And just as Nonnie wraps her
head around her changed circumstances, her father announces that he is Father
Written and directed by Etienne Fourie (Dis Koue Kos, Skat) and produced by
Stefan Enslin (Nul is Nie Niks Nie) of Faith in Motion Productions, Liewe
Kersfeesvader showcases some of the country’s best-loved actors including Morne
Visser, Milan Murray, Mila Guy, Dean-John Smith, June van Merch, Melt Sieberhagen,
Terence Bridgett, and introduces Eloff Snyman as Hugo. The film also features a new
arrangement of Laurika Rauch’s hit single ‘Kyk Hoe Glinster die Maan’.
“In many families, Christmas is a somewhat fraught event that seldom delivers on the
magic associated with the day and this allowed me enormous leeway when writing
Liewe Kersfeesvader,’ says Fourie. “I was able to mine my own family
experiences as well as giving full reign to a number of imagined scenarios. That said,
it was important to me that I approach the characters in an empathetic,
understanding and affectionate fashion.’
Liewe Kersfeesvader was shot on location in the scenic hamlet of Prince Albert
in the Karoo and is distinguished by outstanding 50s-inspired production design by
Christian Joubert. Joubert’s attention to detail perfectly captures the quirky, off-beat
spirit and fantasy elements of Fourie’s script, making Liewe Kersfeesvader a
Liewe Kersfeesvader is distributed by Times Media Films.