Kagiso Lediga premieres two films at CTIFM&F

20 October 2017


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Fresh from showcasing their latest films at international festivals, Diprente Films are giving South Africans the chance to watch their new films, Catching Feelings and Matwetwe at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFM&F) taking place at the V & A Waterfront from 12 to 21 October 2017.

Tuesday, 17 October marked the South African premiere of Catching Feelings, Lediga s directorial debut. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) in June and recently had its East Coast premiere in New York at Urbanworld Film Festival. Catching Feelings was also written by, and stars Lediga. Set in a chic and middle class Johannesburg, it is a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways. Catching Feelings follows a jaded academic (Lediga) and his journalist wife (Pearl Thusi), who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer (Andrew Buckland) unexpectedly moves into their urban Johannesburg home with them. Despite their love for each other, their relationship has hit a rut. Lacking excitement, the couple have settled into a routine that neither agrees with. Max now spends his time at dinners and events, musing over his frustrations with his key conspirator and sounding board, Joel (Akin Omotoso), who himself has his hands full with an illicit affair. The film also features Zandi Tisani, Precious Makgaretsa and Kate Liquorish.

Lediga says of Catching Feelings: I wanted to make a fun film about Johannesburg. It is a place full of contradictions. It is Africa s business capital and culturally diverse with a very messy recent history. I find it fascinating that the 30- something, black, middle class characters portrayed in this film never existed 20 years ago because it was essentially illegal to be black and middle class and I guess it would also be impossible to engage in angst ridden, existential navel gazing when you re fleeing tear gas and rubber bullets from the Apartheid cops. Although it is rumored that the 30-something year olds of Apartheid times had a greater sense of purpose.

Read the full article on Screen Africa here.