Ayanda selected for London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival website describes Ayanda as 'a lively, engaging and ultimately celebratory female-centred story' that 'highlights the Afro-cultural hub that modern South Africa is fast becoming'.

Ayanda, the new movie from director Sara Blecher and co-producer Terry Pheto, has been selected for screening at the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival in October, Screen Africa reports.

A fresh, modern African tale set in Johannesburg's vibrant Afropolitan community of Yeoville, Ayanda tells story of 21-one year old Afro-hipster Ayanda, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery when her late father's motor repair shop is threatened with closure.

Fighting to keep the shop going, she is thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars, which she brings back to life with a young woman's re-inventive touch.

Ayanda has been selected as part of the festival's "Films in Love" section, and will be one of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, to be screened over the 12 days of the event, which gets under way on 7 October.

"The festival provides a platform for films seeking global success, and supports the careers of the filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes," Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, told Screen Africa. "This year's programme is stronger than ever, and everyone involved in the making of Ayanda deserves to be proud about this latest accolade."

 

 

The film had its world premiere in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize and was hailed as "a fresh and original voice in world fiction cinema".

The BFI London Film Festival website describes it as "a lively, engaging and ultimately celebratory female-centred story" that "highlights the Afro-cultural hub that modern South Africa is fast becoming".

Ayanda was produced by Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto's Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation, Africa Magic, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Gauteng film Commission.

It stars Fulu Mugovhani of Scandal fame as Ayanda alongside Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, backed up by a strong South African cast including Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, and veteran actress Vanessa Cooke.

The film is due to open in cinemas across South Africa on 2 October.

Source: staff reporter

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