Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving South Africa, had its world premiere at the CineCentre in Killarney in Johannesburg on Wednesday 13 February.
“The film was enthusiastically received by the guests, with many of them praising its brilliant comedy as well as its profound honesty,’ says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution.
Commenting at a press junket before the premiere, producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela said they were incredibly proud of the film. “We set out to make a contemporary love story that reflects our society today,’ commented Samuels. “In the mix are cultural differences, family politics, a malicious ex-boyfriend and lobola. The film sets out to determine whether love can be enough against the backdrop of all these challenges.’
Guests praised the slick production values and universally good performances by the cast. The two lead stars, Van Jaarsveldt (Fanie) and Dlomo (love interest Dinky), were commended for their natural chemistry on screen and easily won over the audience.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape a Motana.
The film is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution and releases nationwide on 1 March 2013.