Hotele Lerallaneng

  • 76'
  • South Africa
  • 2021

Two storylines involving artists in lockdown intersect in this South African drama about creativity, mindfulness and wellbeing. Jabu is an ambitious auteur plagued by demons, who accepts a place on the jury at a film festival in Johannesburg so he can be closer to his young son. He has been clean for months now, and is working on the side as part of the scriptwriting team for the most popular soap in South Africa. All with the aim of becoming the father he previously failed to be. Roxanne is a filmmaker on the verge of her international breakthrough, struggling with an unwanted pregnancy – which in South Africa cannot legally be terminated.

The coronavirus pandemic means both these creatives suddenly find themselves stuck, right at a critical point in their lives. Director, screenwriter and actor Charlie Vundla, who grew up in Johannesburg, expands this modest drama into a reflection on this time of relative stagnation, going in search of the most authentic expressions of the deepest feelings and uncertainties.

Director
Charlie Vundla
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
South Africa
Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
76'
Medium
DCP
International title
Hotel on the Koppies
Languages
Sotho (Southern), Zulu, Xhosa, English
Producers
Charlie Vundla, Razaana Arnold
Sales
Charlie Vundla
Screenplay
Charlie Vundla
Cinematography
Chuanne Blofield
Editor
Ziggy Hofmeyr
Sound Design
Jemaine Roberts
Music
Caminauta, Raul Tizze
Cast
Moopi Mothibeli, Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele, Celeste Khumalo, Cameron Scott, Zoe Mthiyane
Website
http://charlievundla.com/