'Moffie' is an abusive homophobic Afrikaans term some men are much too fond of using. Teenager Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) experiences this first-hand when, in 1981, he is called up for military service in the South African army. The sixteen-year-old cadet finds himself in a hard-as-nails macho world that strives to literally imprint homophobia, racism and xenophobia into the minds of young men.

Some of the boot camp scenes are reminiscent of the horror of Full Metal Jacket, but this fourth feature film from South African director Oliver Hermanus (Beauty, The Endless River) is above all a tender portrait of a boy who is suffocated by his new environment. The humiliating army training confirms that Nicholas is not like his fellow conscripts. It is only during rare private moments that he is able to explore his homosexuality. Hermanus portrays not only the madness of the South African apartheid era, but also the warmth of a young romance and sexual awakening.

Screenings

  • Sat 25 Jan Pathé 2
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  • Tue 28 Jan Oude Luxor
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  • Wed 29 Jan LantarenVenster 1
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  • Fri 31 Jan Pathé 2
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Filmmaker
Oliver Hermanus
Country
South Africa
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
103’
Language
Afrikaans, English
Producer
Jack Sidey, Eric Abraham
Production Company
Portobello Productions
Sales
Portobello Film Sales
Writer
Oliver Hermanus, Jack Sidey
Cinematography
Jamie Ramsay
Editor
Alain Dessauvage, George Hanmer
Production Design
Franz Lewis
Sound Design
Stephane De Rocquigny
Music
Braam du Toit
Cast
Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey, Stefan Vermaak, Hilton Pelser, Wynand Ferreira, Rikus Terblanche