The Tree
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    The Tree

    Directed by

    South Africa, Netherlands


    72 min

    • Afrikaans
    • English
    • Shona


    Durban IFF

    A night like no other in a dangerous neighborhood in Cape Town. A mother leaves her child by himself at night as she searches for a way to earn money to buy his medicine. The child, now lost, wanders the city streets alone. A policeman and his girlfriend drift apart. A nurse yearns for motherhood. The policeman must confront his black sheep brother, who uses the lost child’s mother to fulfill his darkest sexual fantasies. When the lost child is rescued from the streets and brought to the nurse, she suddenly knows what to do. One city, many intertwined lives – changed in a single night.


    • Best South African Feature - Durban IFF

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    Inge Beckmann
    Gideon Lombard
    Tarryn Wyngaard
    Niza Jay
    Neil Heyns
    Louw Venter
    Pierre de Villiers
    Matthew Swanepoel
    Guy Buttery
    Louw Venter

    Louw Venter

    South Africa

    Louw Venter is best known as the co-creator and performer in Corne and Twakie’s THE MOST AMAZING SHOW, but also as a film and television actor and writer. In 1998 Louw was seen in his first film role in the feature ADRENALINE. During the next few years Louw wrote, directed and performed two TV series as well as writing and creating more than 200 original live shows. The past few years Louw has concentrated on his writing and film work. Recently he played the lead in the feature KONFETTI, which he also wrote. He played the lead in JIMMY IN PIENK (Hanneke Schutte), DIE LAASTE TANGO (Deon Meier), LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE (Jenna Bass) and the male lead in ALLES WAT MAL IS (Darrel J Roodt). This year he will also appear in KITE opposite Samuel L. Jackson as well as completing work on HOLLYWOOD IS MY HUIS and the highly anticipated KALUSHI by Mandla Dube. THE MOST AMAZING SHOW has been nominated for 3 SAFTAs and won a SA Comedy Award. Louw has twice been nominated for a SAFTA (2013 & 2014) and has twice been featured as one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans. He was awarded Best Actor at the Silwerskerm Film Festival for his role in KONFETTI where he was also nominated for Best Screenplay.