Love the One You Love

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    Love the One You Love

    Directed by

    South Africa


    95 min

    • English
    • Xhosa

    Comedy drama, Romance

    What if you discovered that love was a conspiracy? Would you still love the one you love?

    Across the city of Cape Town, a sex-line operator (Chi Mhende), a dog handler (Andile Nebulane) and an IT-technician (Louw Venter) begin to suspect that their romantic relationships are the subject of a bizarre conspiracy, involving their friends, family and possibly even greater forces. LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE’s parallel stories question the ideals we hold too sacred: love, happiness, and the New South Africa, the pursuit of which makes truth impossible.


    • Best South African Feature Film, Best Direction in a South African Feature Film, Best Actress - Durban IFF



    Louw Venter
    Chi Mhende
    Andile Nebulane
    Dayaan Salie
    Mzu Ntantiso
    Nelson Das Neves
    Thenji Stemela
    Lise Slabber
    Kira Wilkinson
    Jenna Bass
    Jenna Bass
    Jenna Bass
    Jacques de Villiers


    ...a luminous, perplexing, engrossing debut.

    Todd Brown, Twitch Film

    Jenna Bass

    Jenna Bass

    South Africa

    Jenna Bass is a South African writer, filmmaker and former magician. Her award-winning films include the short THE TUNNEL (2010) and the collaboratively-created features LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE (2014) and HIGH FANTASY (2017), which have screened around the world, including at the Sundance, Berlinale and Toronto Film Festivals. Together with, Wanuri Ka- hiu, Jenna co-wrote the coming-of-age romance, RAFIKI, which premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2018. FLATLAND (2019) is Jenna’s third feature film as a director and writer.

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