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FORGIVENESS (article first published : 2004-08-15)

For the first time in the history of South-African cinema a locally produced feature film played in competition and as official selection at The Locarno Film Festival. Selected as one of the opening films, Forgiveness is written by Gregg Latter and directed by Ian Gabriel. The first feature from DV8 initiative, it stars well-known South African born/Hollywood actor Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Zane Meas, Quanita Adams, Christo Davids and Denise Newman.

For 16 years, the Locarno Film Festival has honoured exceptional directors with the Leopard of Honour. This year's Festival promises to honour the best films, with more than 18 nominations from 18 different countries forwarded to receive recognition and bestowed with either a Golden Leopard, Special Jury Prize, Silver Leopard and a Leopard award that pays tribute to individual talent for best Actor and actresses.

Forgiveness is set in post-apartheid South Africa. An ex-policeman (Arnold Vosloo) arrives in the windswept town of Paternoster on the Atlantic West Coast. Stranded in the dark mire of a secret past, the mystery of who the man is, why his presence is feared and what purpose he brings to the town, all combine to make a faceted elegiac and moving film of betrayal, resolution and revenge.




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