The Forgotten Kingdom
Director Andrew Mudge scheduled to attend | May 30 & June 5
When Atang returns to Lesotho to bury his father, he falls in love with his childhood friend Dineo and reconnects with the mystic landscape and hardships of village life he left behind.
|May 30, 2013||6:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 5, 2013||9:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Writer-director Andrew Mudge crafts an intimate tale of lost soul Atang (Zenzo Ngqobe) on the occasion of his return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. Grown used to the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, he must quickly adjust to the more spiritual rhythms of the Basotho people. In Lesotho, Atang meets Dineo (Nozipho Nkelemba), a young schoolteacher that rekindles feelings about his people and his past that he thought were long forgotten. As their relationship develops, Atang begins to encounter villagers that lead him further on this unexpected, often mystical, journey into his past. Taking his inspiration from the films of David Lynch, John Sayles, and Nicolas Roeg, writer-director Mudge crafts a lyrical, humanist portrait of a young man attempting to find his place in the world, both geographically and spiritually. Mudge's intent, in his own words, was to create "a quiet, meditative tone that parallels the character arc of the protagonist." In so doing, Mudge has created an intimate, moving portrait of lives in transition, and the sacrifices people must make in order to connect with each other in a meaningful way.
Andrew Mudge is an American writer and director whose short films have been screened at Sundance and Telluride Film Festival. The Forgotten Kingdom is his feature directorial debut.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux
|Principal Cast:||Zenzo Ngqobe, Nozipho Nkelemba, Jerry Mofokeng, Lebohang Ntsane, Moshoeshoe Chabeli|
|Running Time:||96 minutes|
|Producer:||T.R. Boyce Jr., Pieter Lombaard, Cecil Matlou, Andrew Mudge|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|