South Africans brace yourselves! Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is coming to a cinema near you soon! The film answers the question “What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola?”. The film promises to be one of the funniest comedies of the year.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is a romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society in South Africa. The film is directed by Henk Pretorius (who was also responsible for Bakgat! and Bakgat! 2) and is co-written by him and Janine Eser.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola features talented newcomer Zethu Dlomo (Dinky) and established actor Eduan van Jaarsveld (Fanie). The film tackles the subject of cross-cultural relationships with humour and honesty. It’s the first film from Once Upon a Story (a script development initiative). This initiative aims to take great South African stories to the big screen and to the world.
The film tells the story of Fanie (a young Afrikaner who designs custom vintage cars that resemble African animals). His brother Sarel (Chris Chameleon) is a hugely successful Afrikaans pop star and he is about to marry the perfect girl. Fanie still lives with his mother. He asks Dinky (an aspiring female Zulu entrepreneur) to accompany him to his brother’s wedding on a dare. She agrees on the condition that he visits her at home and pretends to be her boyfriend, because she wants her very traditional father to stop putting pressure on her to marry Mandla (a man that she doesn’t love). Against many odds, Dinky and Fanie fall in love. They find themselves bound by a shared sense of humour and a desire to create a life that is different from what their parentals expect of them. They have to confront cultural differences, family politics and an ex-boyfriend. The film also features an appearance by Richard van der Westhuizen.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name (which was written by Nape à Motana). The film will be released in South African cinemas on the 1st of March this year. Make sure that you catch this film at a Nu Metro cinema near you when it comes out.
The film is proof that the South African film industry is alive and well. Check out the trailer for Fanie Fourie’s Lobola below
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