The Jozi Film Festival 2015 will open with the film Love the One You Love, directed by Jenna Cato Bass. This will be the Johannesburg premiere of the film which first screened at Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014, and went on to win Best South African Feature Film, Best Direction in a South African Feature Film, and Best Actress (Chi Mhende). The film marks the directorial debut of Bass.
Choosing to work without a script, Bass cast a diverse ensemble of professionals and non-actors, improvising all the scenes within the high-concept narrative, resulting in exceptional performances and rapid-fire dialogue. The film was shot on location in Cape Town.
Born out of a desire to pioneer a new kind of South African independent film, Love the One You Love proves that nano-budgets and big ideas can co-exist in a country still looking for its cinematic voice.
The Jozi Film Festival 2015 has been extended by a day due to the high volume of worthy submissions received, and will now run from 19 to 22 February at The Bioscope Independent Cinema and Ster Kinekor’s Rosebank Nouveau.
For more information visit the Jozi Film Festival website.