• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    Son of Man at London Film Festival

    Having recently played at the Vancouver International Film Festival, (amongst others), Jezile (Son of Man) is due to play at the London International Film Festival twice in the next week or so. There are two performances lined up. The first is a 3:30pm showing at the Odeon West End on the 21st October. The film will then be repeated in a 9pm showing at Ritzy on the 26th.

    Sandra Hebron has written a nice review of the film on the festival's website. Here's a sample:
    The language is modern, as is the setting, a violent township in the fictional Kingdom of Judea, which could stand in for any African country which has experienced poverty, upheaval, political corruption and ethnic conflict. Little change is made to the basic tenets of The New Testament, and the updating is so successful that there is never a moment when it feels forced. The immaculate conception revealed during an attack on a school; a band of disciples including several women; a Messiah who preaches peace and calls for a handgun amnesty; Judas spying on Jesus with a video camera - all this and more is presented with such verve that we can't fail to be convinced. As in U-Carmen, music is integral to the film's powerful story telling, and once again the vocal talents of actress Pauline Malefane and the company chorus add greatly in richness and spirit.
    My own review is here, and I have also written a scene analysis.


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