Kelsey Egan’s Gargoyle and Andy Kasrils’ Miss Sgodiphola are the two South African short films selected for the Strasbourg International Film Festival, which runs from 28 August to 6 September in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany.
This year the festival’s Short Film Programme is comprised of more than 160 productions from around the world. More than 20 thematic groups of short films will screen in all genres, as well as selected shorts which will screen before feature films.
Gargoyle (25 minutes) tells the story of Themba, a security guard by day who supplements his meagre income with crime in order to support his younger brother, only to discover that his most recent victim is his brother’s favourite teacher. (French premiere)
Miss Sgodiphola (12 minutes) is set in the township suburb of Sgodiphola, where the local beauty pageant is under way. Innocentia surprises herself by reaching the final stage and must now compete for the title against stunning Precious. But it’s going to take more than answering the regular questions to gain the title of ‘Miss Sgodiphola’. Featuring acting performances from South Africa’s most popular township music artists, Miss Sgodiphola is a wild, fun ride into Soweto community culture. (French Premiere)