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Alexandra Hoesdorff (Producer), Roshanak Behesht Nedjad (Producer), David Horler (Producer), Izel Bezuidenhout (Actress), Faith Baloyi (Actress), Jenna Bass (Director, Screenwriter)

Moderation: Margarita Tsomou

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Natalie’s wedding night ends up being a nightmare. First, the women of the family put the screws on, and then ‘no’ in the marriage bed suddenly doesn’t mean no anymore. Natalie hides in a barn, a shot is fired and she flees. First on horseback, then by car across country with her pregnant friend Poppie in tow. Policewoman Beauty Cuba is soon hot on their heels. She’s trying to solve a murder case but a phone call throws her back into the past.
Director Jenna Bass cleverly weaves the stories of three women into an unusual, fast-paced road movie. The film’s lush imagery takes us on a journey through the sun-drenched hinterland of a divided country. Part police thriller, part emancipation story and part social drama, Bass’ film once again buries the myth of South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’ where skin colour, gender and social status actually continue to play an important role. While private melodramas spool out in the TV soaps that are on in the background, a very real story of female self-empowerment and solidarity unfolds.

Jenna Bass

South Africa / Luxembourg / Germany 2019

Afrikaans, English

117’ · Colour

World premiere


Faith Baloyi (Beauty Cuba)
Nicole Fortuin (Natalie Jonkers)
Izel Bezuidenhout (Poppie Van Niekerk)
De Klerk Oelofse (Bakkies Bezuidenhout)
Eric Nobbs (Jaap Bezuidenhout)
Brendon Daniels (Billy Duiker)
Clayton Evertson (Branko)
Albert Pretorius (Theunis)
Kim Goncalves (Sanie Van Niekerk)
Maurice Carpede (Reverend Salmon)


Written and Directed by
Jenna Bass
Sarah Cunningham
Jacques De Villiers
Bao-Tran Tran
Sound Design
James Olivier
Jade Hill
Production Design
Sara Hartinger
Chantell Lungiswa Joe
Babalwa Djieutcheu
Belinda Kruger
Assistant Director
Cathy Poole
Production Manager
Valentia Fisher
David Horler, Désirée Nosbusch, Alexandra Hoesdorff, Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
Executive Producer
Karen Horler
Titus Kreyenberg
unafilm, Köln


Jenna Bass

Born in London, UK in 1986, she grew up in South Africa where she now lives. She is a filmmaker who graduated from the AFDA Film School in Cape Town. Her short film The Tunnel screened at the 2010 Berlinale, her debut feature Love the One You Love was presented at numerous international festivals. High Fantasy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and screened in Generation in 2018. Together with Wanuri Kahiu, she co-wrote the coming-of-age romance Rafiki which premiered in Cannes in 2018.


2010 The Tunnel; short film, Berlinale Shorts 2014 Love the One You Love 2017 High Fantasy; Generation

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

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