Taste of Rain has world premiere at Durban International Film Festival
Taste of Rain will have its world premiere at The Durban International Film Festival, where it’s in competition for Best South African Feature Film and the Audience Choice Award.
Set on a Namibian Desert farm, the feature film is the story of one woman’s journey through drought, loss and love to healing.
Nicola Hanekom, a two-time 2012 Fleur du Cap winner, puts in a searing performance in the leading role as Rachel, who is fighting to survive a vast, barren, waterless landscape, both internal and external.
The first Namibian- South African-German co-production, Taste of Rain was written and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Richard Pakleppa, making his feature film debut. Bridget Pickering of Luna Films in South Africa and Oliver Stoltz of Dreamer Joint Venture in Germany together with Richard Pakleppa and his On Land Productions in Namibia produced the film. Bridget’s producing credits include the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda and the African Movie Academy Award winner uGugu noAndile, while Oliver produced the Oscar-short listed Life, Above All which won seven SAFTAS’s and was the South African entry to the Oscars and won the best actress award at DIFF 2010.
A seven-year drought beats down mercilessly on Rachel and her husband, Tomas (award-winning South African actor Grant Swanby), forcing him to leave her on the farm as he searches for water and grazing for their animals. When Ray, a water diviner, arrives at the farm, sent by the drought relief program, Rachel is angry and dismissive. For her, it’s too little, too late. But Ray (Pope Jerrod) is fascinated by the broken woman he meets. He is an ex-guerilla from Namibia’s liberation movement, with his own stories of end-of-the-road drought. As an attraction develops between them, Rachel begins to feel herself again. She falls in love and believes she's found an answer to living. But a chance meeting with Shaanika (David Ndjavera), a torturer who worked for the South African side during Namibia’s liberation war, injects a chilling reality into the unfolding love story.
The film was shot with a top Namibian-South African-Zimbabwean-Belgian crew and cast, including DOP Matthys Mocke (State of Violence), editor Catherine Meyburgh (Yizo Yizo, uGugu noAndile) and composer Braam du Toit (Tornado and The Kalahari Horse Whisperer).
Taste of Rain premieres onTuesday, 24 July 2012 at The Sun Coast A Cinema at 18:00. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/c0F5V.
Issued by Kgauhelo Dube