Oliver Hermanus

Our commander-in-chief and director, Oliver Hermanus, has a few feature films under his belt. At 25 his first film, Shirley Adams, premiered in a competition at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival. His second film, Skoonheid (Beauty) premiered at the 64th Cannes Film Festival and went on to win the Queer Palm Award. The Endless River, his third film, premiered in a competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and was the first South African film ever to be invited to the festival’s main competition.

Now Oliver's fourth feature film, Moffie, has been invited to premiere at the 76th Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti competition, making Oliver the only South African ever to premiere at the festival twice. Moffie is only the 4th South African film in the festival's history to receive an invitation.

Internationally acclaimed Moffie is a film about "hurt and shame"

Marli van Eeden, Oliver Hermanus Toyota US Woordfees 2020-02-12

"The film is also an exploration of the SADF and its effect on a generation of white men who were fed an ideology of hate and fear."

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