OFFICIAL SELECTION  / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  FIDMARSEILLE 2011

world premiere

  

GANGSTER PROJECT

 

 

Teboho Edkins

 

SOUTH AFRICA  / GERMANY
2011
Colour
DVCam, HDV
55’

Script
François-Xavier Drouet
 

Original version
English, afrikaans
Subtitles
English
Photography
Tom Akinleminu
Sound
Thabo Singine, Laura Schnurre
Editing
Rune Schweitzer

Casting
Thurston Moses, Tammy Miosha Rass, Teboho Edkins, Ralf ‘Jackals’ Peterson, Yousi, Ouma, Nasheed, Nathen ‘Snap’ Louw & Gang, Mr. Jackson, Kevin ‘Kuifie’ and Friends & the Kids at Fire.

Production and distribution
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH
Filmography
THATO, 2011
KINSHASA 2.0, 2008
TRUE LOVE, 2005
LOOKING GOOD, 2005
ASK ME I’M POSITIVE, 2004

As the title indicates, Teboho Edkins first dreamt of a “gangster film.” In Cape Town, no need for a actors, says the apprentice filmmaker, they’re a dime a dozen, you should just need a good casting. And here he is accompanied by his sound engineer looking for their actors. From meetings in remote areas on the outskirts of the city, with a disturbing reputation, in nocturnal car rides in red-light districts, the filmmaker imitates Hollywood legends in order to try to enlist them. But little by little the images disintegrate. Stories of some in prison, others who remember a murdered friend. Fear, mourning, boredom and petty dealings are a distant cry from the expected flamboyant figures. Behind the myths, everyday realities turn out to be trivial. What to do? To link together the two will be the daring response: mixing acted scenes with documentary shots, without it being too obvious, since here posturing is acceptable. In the end, no “film,” just assembled moments, in project form, that must be left as is, with no dramatic conclusion. A bitter after-taste remains: the harshness of survival in an hostile environment where everything comes at a heavy price and indifferent death is on the prowl in all its crude banality.

Nicolas Feodoroff
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