Berlinale

Shirley Adams

Synopsis
Since her son Donovan was shot at a year ago, Shirley Adams from Cape Town finds herself facing problems. Because her child sinks deeper and deeper into his mental and physical misery, she keeps from him the shocking news about who the culprit was. Since her son Donovan was shot a year ago, Shirley Adams has been drowned in worries. Her days are filled with caring for her now-handicapped son. The South African woman from Cape Town has no job, no partner and her meagre income is needed to pay or Donovan’s medical bills. When a young, committed therapist comes into their lives, the loving mother hopes that Donovan will improve mentally. However, she chooses to keep quiet about the sudden news that a childhood friend of his was responsible for the shot that maimed him, because her son is sinking further and further into his physical and mental misery.


World premiere
Durban International Film Festival 2009

Key festivals and awards
Best Actress, Best Editor, Dubai International Film Festival 2009
Locarno International Film Festival 2009
Best SA Feature Film, Best First Feature Film, Best Actress, Durban International Film Festival 2009
Busan International Film Festival 2009
Afrikamera 2010
Best Actress, Carthage Film Festival 2010

South Africa, 2009
Director: Oliver Hermanus
Producers: DV8 Films (South Africa), Centropolis Entertainment Inc (USA), London Film School (United Kingdom), Pandora Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Pandora Films
World sales: Visit Films (USA)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
Funding amount: 25.000 €