OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Sallas De Jager
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 97min
Nu Metro 6, 15 Oct @ 5pm | SK Nouveau 4, 12 Oct @ 8.30pm
After sixteen years as the reverend of the mother church, Tienie Benade is confronted with a steep decline in the number of churchgoers and a modern society that is rapidly changing. Do clergymen, or even the church, still have a role to play in this world? He is trying his best to adapt and make sense of the changes, but, in the process, he is alienating his wife and children. After an incident with a dying vagrant, Tienie finds himself at a crossroads. Will he be able to regain his self-confidence and win back the love of his family and will he be brave enough to provide guidance to his congregation in this new era? Based on the play by Dana Snyman.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Salmon (Aka Sallas) De Jager
Born in August 1979 in South African, Sallas has been telling stories through music as a
member of the famous Afrikaans music group, Klopjag, since 2002. He started his film
career as the co-writer and a producer of the much celebrated Afrikaans drama Roepman in 2010. He also wrote and produced the award winning films Verraaiers and Stuur groete aan Mannetjies Roux before making his directorial debut with Musiek vir die Agtergrond in 2013. He followed it up with writing and directing the globally celebrated Free State in 2015 and the South African box office hit Jonathan in 2016.
To date the films he wrote or co-written the screenplays for, won 17 awards and numerous nominations, a testament that he understands character and writing for cinema. He won “Best African Director” at IIFFSA 2014 for Musiek vir die agtergrond as well as “Best director” at the 2016 Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt for Free State. Having proved himself as one of the best dramatic screenwriters of his generation and delivering on expectations as director, Sallas is set to become one of the biggest writer/directors to rise from African shores!