State Of Violence opens Durban International Film Festival

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The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in its 31st edition opened with the World Premiere of the South African film, “State Of Violence” directed by Khalo Matabane. The festival ran from 22 July to 1 August.

Matabane, who won the Best South African Film award at DIFF in 2006 for “Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon”, returned to the festival with this story of a man whose wife is murdered in what seems like a random act of violence. He embarks on a search for the killer, only to discover that the killing is linked to the darkness in his past. State Of Violence stars Fana Mokoena, Presley Chweneyagae and Neo Ntlatleng and is produced by DV8 Films.

The film's director, Khalo Matabane, who has visited the festival several times, said: " State Of Violence is a film about memory and denial. A successful man experiences a tragic event which forces him to go on a journey into a landscape that represents his past. Once there, he is confronted with a memory that he has buried, and incident that tore apart his family."

"My relationship with DIFF goes back several years when I screened Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon there and I have since served on the International Jury of the festival, and given talks on filmmaking, so the festival is a perfect home to launch the film," he added.

Peter Rorvik, Director of the Durban International Film Festival, commented: "The festival is committed to the promotion of South African cinema, and we are proud to open our 31st edition with State Of Violence , a powerful, brave and thrilling film by a very talented director."

Affirming DV8 Film's commitment to launching new cinematic voices on the global stage, Jeremy Nathan, the film's producer said: "The DV8 team is honoured to have State Of Violence invited as this year's Opening Night Film at the Durban International Film Festival. The film is Khalo Matabane's first fiction feature film and stars several of South Africa's leading actors."

Nathan continued: "The film explores the consequences of violence on contemporary South African life. Through the eyes and point of view of the lead character, Bobedi, the film reveals how acts of violence in the past can affect family life today. It asks more questions than provides answers, but reveals how complex the issues of forgiveness and revenge are in any society with a violent political past."

The NFVF is a principal supporter of the Durban International Film Festival and is a funder of State Of Violence . The NFVF and DV8 have a slate deal which resulted in, amongst others, Shirley Adams , Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky) and now State Of Violence.

The Durban International Film Festival took place from 22 July to 1 August 2010.