SA film, Die Windpomp seems to be hitting the right spot abroad. The Afrikaans film was selected to participate in the Australian Gold Coast Festival. Just to give you a better idea of what this means, it will make its debut alongside films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, which stars some of the biggest names in the movie business. Not to shabby for a local film 😉
So you may be asking how on earth did a local, Afrikaans film get selected to participate in an Australian film festival? Well Mitch Ziems, the festival’s program director said “DIE WINDPOMP is wonderfully written and incredibly touching. There is a large Afrikaans community in Australia, and DIE WINDPOMP is the perfect fit. We are thrilled to have the film in this year’s lineup.” The film wasn’t actually submitted for consideration, but when Ziems heard about the film and after watching the trailer, he requested it be added to the line up.
“It doesn’t happen often that a festival calls a producer and requests a film.” Says DIE WINDPOMP’s producer Chris Roland. “We usually submit films to festivals along with thousands of other submissions and hope we get noticed. It’s fantastic when we get asked.” Check out the trailer below:
They producers are now submitting the film to several other festivals including Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals in France and Canada. And if you’re unable to make any of those festivals, make an X in your diary on the 25th because that’s when the film will release locally. It stars some of SA’s most loved stars including Ian Roberts, Grethe Fox, Armand Greyling and Leandie du Randt .