Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Meerkat Moonship
(Meerkat Maantuig)


Year: 2017
Run Time: 96 minutes

Meerkat Moonship
Meerkat Moonship
Meerkat Moonship
Meerkat Moonship

Aspiring botanist Gideonette de la Rey is convinced she’s destined to die at an early age because of a family curse—a belief that only intensifies after her father suddenly passes away. As the frightened 13-year-old recoils from the world, her mother sends her to stay with her grandparents on their lush farm. Despite her grief, Gideonette is mystified by their quirks: her grandmother has an invisible dog, Bing-Bing, while her grandfather spends his nights building an elaborate contraption dubbed a “meerkat moonship” for her new friend Bhubesi, a little boy who cheerfully spends his days training to be an astronaut. When she tragically discovers the root of this obsession (and, soon after, more about her father’s death) it’s an emotional double whammy that causes a final confrontation with her all-consuming fears. Filmed partly in a South African rainforest, MEERKAT MOONSHIP has a surrealistic sheen that creates unnerving suspense. But it’s sensitive Gideonette who captivates most, as her anguish, joys, and quiet strength resonate with heartbreaking grace. (In Afrikaans with subtitles) —A.Z.

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Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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African Diaspora
Family Films

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Hanneke Schutte

Hanneke Schutte is a Johannesburg-based writer and director. In 2013 she was the South African winner of the prestigious Jameson First Shot Competition where she had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles to direct Willem Dafoe in her short film “Saving Norman.”

Jimmy in Pink (2013), MEERKAT MOONSHIP (2017)

Andre Scholtz, Dries Scholtz

Hanneke Schutte

Willie Nel

Warwick Allan

Principal Cast
Anchen du Plessis, Themba Ntuli, Pierre van Pletzen, Rika Sennett, Drikus Volschenk, Hanle Barnard

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