Flatland

Directed by Jenna Bass
2019
117 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A contemporary South African feminist western by the co-writer of Rafiki (SFF 2018). Three women get into a thrilling police chase through a desolate and unforgiving region.

After a disastrous wedding night, Natalie flees her policeman husband and her small, rural town with her pregnant best friend Poppie. Racing away on horseback, the pair try to evade both Natalie's husband and the law. On their trail is Captain Beauty Cuba, a perceptive, soap opera-loving policewoman. The Captain is not only searching for Natalie but also determined to clear the name of her fiancé, who has been framed for a crime he did not commit. Director Jenna Bass, who co-wrote Rafiki (SFF 2018), expertly ramps up the tension while also exploring the gendered and racial hierarchies of South African society. Her three vivid and fascinating characters must navigate not only treacherous situations, but societal expectations.

There are pleasing echoes of both 'Fargo' and 'Thelma and Louise' in the droll, darkly comic mix here.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood
An exhilarating fusion of contemporary western, policier and girls-gone-wild road movie that kicked off this year’s Berlinale Panorama program with a wallop.
Guy Lodge, Variety

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Mon 10 June
6:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
8:35pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
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Features
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
South Africa, Luxembourg, Germany
Language
In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Director
Jenna Bass
Producer
David Horler
Cast
Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin, Izel Bezuidenhout
Screenwriter
Jenna Bass
Cinematographer
Sarah Cunningham
Editor
Jacques de Villiers
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Crime, Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Politics & Economics, Africa, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: The Match Factory
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