Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

Year: 2004
Country: SOUTH AFRICA, USA
Language: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
Run Time: 107 minutes

A charming story of love and hope set in contemporary South Africa, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE intertwines the stories of characters at an animal rescue center. Owner Kate has better luck with dogs than men, Jean-Claude (Eriq Ebouaney, star of 2000's "Lumumba") is a highly trained astronomer from the Congo forced to work menial jobs because of his refugee status, Lindiwe is a woman trying to comply with every demand from everyone, and a Muslim couple struggles to have a child. All the characters meet through a young boy?s dog, and make a journey toward some kind of trust in the future. Along the way certain dogmatic blacks and whites get their comeuppance. And the fact that Jean-Claude can calm a snarling ?white dog,? trained to attack blacks, into a household pet is more than symbolic.

Screenplay
Suzanne Kay, Mark Bamford

Director
Mark Bamford

Producer
Suzanne Kay, Genevieve Hofmeyr

Cinematography
Larry Fong

Editing
Tanja Hagen, Frank Reynolds

Principal Cast
Debbie Brown, Eriq Ebouaney, Nthati Moshesh, Quanita Adams, Morne Visser, David Isaacs, Yule Masiteng, Lilian Dube

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