Afrikaans film also secures international distribution deal with US-based House of Film
An exclusive screening was held on Thursday, 10 October at NuMetro Parkview in Pretoria of ‘Die verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer’. The film, a retelling of the tragic yet heart-warming folktale about a young girl who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her brother’s life, was screened for a select audience in association with digital media platform Maroela Media. The film opens in cinemas nationwide on 18 October 2019.
Present at the screening of the acclaimed film were director Matthys Boshoff, and cast members and celebrities in attendance included Jay, Magda Beukes, Antoinette Louw, Zonika de Vries, Seputla Sebogodi, Charlie Bouguenon, Beate Opperman, and Johannes Jordaan.
The screening took place on the same day that producer Johan Kruger succeeded in signing a lucrative international distribution deal with House of Film, a Los Angeles based North American distribution company.
“House of Film is a boutique sales and distribution company specialising in the worldwide distribution of quality independent films,” says Kruger. “The company offers domestic and international sales, and also markets and monetises films through traditional and non-traditional release formats. We are delighted to have secured this deal which will see the film travelling globally and give audiences worldwide the opportunity to see a truly South Africa folktale.
‘Die verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer’ has been named the most anticipated Afrikaans film of the year. Directed by Matthys Boshoff, it is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. As winter arrives, and dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg Mountains, tragedy is imminent.
‘Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer’ stars Stian Bam ('Modder en Bloed', 'Verraaiers'), Zonika De Vries (''n Man Soos My Pa', 'Dis Koue Kos, Skat'), Marius Weyers ('Dis Ek, Anna', 'Faan Se Trein'), Sandra Prinsloo (''n Man Soos My Pa', ''n Pawpaw vir My Darling'), Antoinette Louw ('Bram Fischer', 'Nul Is Nie Niks Nie'), Seputla Sebogodi (Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City), Beate Opperman ('Verraaiers', 'Roepman') and Charlie Bouguenon (‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, ‘Homeland’, ‘Vuil Wasgoed’). Starring in his first film role is Johannes Jordaan in the role of Racheltjie's little brother.
The film recently won Best Actor (Stian Bam), Best Production Design and a Special Award for VFX at the 2019 kykNET Silwerskerm Festival.