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It’s that time of the year again, the time all discerning movie goers have been waiting for – the 35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). This international festival all movie buffs have been waiting for will take place right here in Durbs between 17-27 July 2014 with Tsogo Sun named the official event and accommodation partner, for the first time.

Every year celebrates a different theme and this one is sure to bring out our patriotic spirit as the festival reflects on South Africa’s twenty years of democracy with film focusing on our diverse and rich history. Other focus areas for this year include African cinema, British cinema, the Wildtalk Wildlife Film Festival, Wavescape Surf Film Festival and a programme of cinema centred on architecture, in acknowledgement of the city of Durban’s hosting of the International Union of Architects Congress 2014. Some of the must-see features include Khalo Matabane’s Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, Mickey Dube’s One Humanity, Annalet Steenkamp’s I, Afrikaner, Carey Mackenzie’s Cold Harbour, Diao Yinan’s Black CoalThin Ice and Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth’s 20 000 Days on Earth.

The festival is set to light up screens in numerous venues across the city including Suncoast cinema, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau, Luthuli Museum and Ekhaya Multi Art Centre. The opening film this year will be Hard To Get from first-time feature director Zee Ntuli. The film tells the story of TK, a handsome, young womanizer from a small community who falls for a sexy, reckless young thief named Skiets. Thrust into Joburg’s criminal underworld, TK realises that his best bet is to trust her and hang on for dear life. Talking about the film, Festival Manager, Peter Machen, said, “I am very excited about Hard To Get. It’s a beautifully made film that works on every level and will satisfy commercial and art-house audiences alike. I also think that it’s going to make instant stars of its two leads Thishiwe Ziqubu and Pallance Dladla, who are both electrifying, as well as director Zee Ntuli, who is virtually guaranteed a bright future on the global filmmaking stage on the basis of this first feature.”

Fans of Before Sunrise and its sequels will be excited to see Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke working together again in Boyhood, a coming of age film like no other. This groundbreaking offering is filmed over 12 years with the same cast. Not only does it document life’s endless milestones but it also allows audiences to witness young Mason growing up before their very own eyes.

For film schedules and venues, visit durbanfilmfest.co.za. Catch up on the latest DIFF news on Twitter @DIFFest or Facebook on DurbanInternationalFilmFestival.