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Layla Fourie

 

Claudia Steffen (Producer)
Rapulana Seiphemo (Actor)
Rayna Campbell (Actress)
Rapule Sinaye Hendricks (Actor)
Pia Marais (Director, Screenwriter)
August Diehl (Actor)
Terry Norton (Actor)
Christoph Friedel (Producer)
Josef Schnelle (Moderation)

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Layla is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg, getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator she manages to secure a job with a company specialising in lie detectors and security. On her way to her new workplace she is involved in an accident which will fundamentally change her life. Layla becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. The truth could lead to the loss of her son.
For her third feature film Pia Marais - who has lived in Berlin for many years - returned to South Africa where she grew up to make this classic thriller. She uses the genre to take a look at a country which still bears the scars of apartheid. In this way, everyday life in South Africa enhances the tension in the screenplay which she co-wrote with Horst Markgraf. Almost casually, Layla Fourie develops into a political thriller which takes the audience into the paranoia, fear and mistrust of a society that is still profoundly affected by racial conflict.

Germany / South Africa / France / Netherlands 2013, 105 min

DIRECTOR

Pia Marais

CAST

Rayna Campbell
August Diehl
Rapule Hendricks

WORLD SALES

The Match Factory GmbH