SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in an evolving South African society opens the 2013 Jozi Film Festival on Friday, 15 February 2013 at The Bioscope in Johannesburg and releases nationwide on 1 March 2013. The film, which is funny and hard-hitting, addresses cross-cultural relationships with humour and honesty.
Directed by Henk Pretorius (Bakgat!, Bakgat! 2) and co-written by Pretorius and Janine Eser, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo as Fanie’s love interest and Eduan van Jaarsveld (Jozi, Goodbye Bafana, Tsotsi) in the title role.
“At its core, the movie is a real love story between two quirky characters who are deeply attracted to each other,” says co-writer and producer Eser. “But the South African context brings a fresh and unique backdrop to the obstacles they have to overcome. It’s really heartening to hear test audiences say, ‘This is such a great date movie!’”
The film also stars Chris Chameleon, Connie Chiume, Motlatsi Mafatshe, Jerry Mofokeng, Richard van der Westhuizen and Marga van Rooy, among others.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape à Motana.