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Fanie Fourie's Lobola


Best Film: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

South Africa | 2013 | 90 minutes | Henk Pretorius

After Fanie takes Dinky, a strong Zulu woman, to his Afrikaans family wedding, the two find an unexpectedly fun cross-cultural romance. But in order to marry Dinky, Fanie must negotiate to pay Lobola (a South African dowry).

June 7, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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June 8, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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The June 7 screening is on STANDBY. There are no advance tickets available.

What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola, a South African tradition that finds the groom’s family negotiating for the bride’s hand? When Fanie Fourie, a young Afrikaner who designs custom cars that resemble African animals, accepts a dare to take a beautiful Zulu entrepreneur, Dinky Magubane, to his brother’s wedding the stage is set for romance. She accepts on the condition that Fanie pretends to be her boyfriend so that she can stop her deeply traditional father from pressuring her into marriage. Of course, as Dinky and Fanie start to fall in love their hoax to annoy their families becomes a meaningful relationship. But can it transcend their cultural differences, family politics, and especially, the thorny tradition of lobola? Fanie Fourie’s Lobola effectively skewers South African cultural expectations, furthering conversations about interracial relationships and whether lobola retains its relevance in a modern society, among others. Based on a popular South African book, the hilarious script by director Henk Pretorius and Janine Eser is populated with genuinely likeable characters whose chemistry will melt even the coldest of hearts. Don’t miss this contemporary fairy tale about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.

Director Biography
Henk Pretorius is a young South African director whose film Bakgat (2008) was the first South African film made for a teen audience. Pretorius directed, produced, and wrote Bakgat as well as the sequel.

Sponsored in part by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Delta Air Lines

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An unusual man walks into a bank and plans to rob the vault with his mimed weapon.
Director: Henk Pretorius
Principal Cast: Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Zethu Dhlomo, Angelique Pretorius, Jerry Mofokeng, Motlatsi Mafatshe
Country: South Africa
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Lance Samuels, Kweku Mandela, Janine Eser
Screenplay: Janine Eser, Henk Pretorius
Cinematographers: Trevor Calverley
Editors: Avril Beukes
Music: Adam Schiff
Website: http://www.faniefouriemovie.com
Awards: Jozi Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award) Sedona International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award, Best Comedy)
Filmography: Bakgat! 2 (2009); Bakgat! (2008)
Language: English, Zulu and Afrikaans
HasSubTitles: Yes
International Sales: Indigenous Film
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