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GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021

Archivio Film 2019


Category: Edition 2019

When Johan Niemand, gets called up for military service at the age of 18 in 1986 South Africa, he auditions and is accepted to the SADF Choir called the ‘Canaries’. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour of the country, travelling from town to town, entertaining people whilst also fortifying the belief in the military effort and promoting the cause of both Church and State.

Original Title KANARIE
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 123'
Production Year 2018
Nationality South Africa
Directed by Christiaan Olwagen
Screenplay Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, Christiaan Olwagen
Director of photography Chris Vermaak
Editor Eva Du Preez
Production Design Rocco Pool
Computer Graphics Mariechen Vosloo
Sound Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Music Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Main cast Schalk Bezuidenhout
Hannes Otto
Germandt Geldenhuys
Gerard Rudolf
Jacques Bessenger
Ludwig Binge
Francois Jacobs
De Klerk Oelofse
David Viviers
Andrico Goosen
Produced by Jaco Smit, Roelof Storm

 regista Christiaan OlwagenCHRISTIAAN OLWAGEN
Born in Cape Town, South Africa. Christiaan studied Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in Theatre Directing under the mentorship of Marthinus Basson. He is the recipient of the Fleur Du Cap Award for Most Promising Student, The Rosalie van der Gucht Award for Best New Director and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre. Theatrical highlights include Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", Chekhov's "The Seagull", Ibsen's "A Doll's House", and Lorca's "House of Bernarda Alba". Christiaan’s film debut was in 2013 at the Silwerskerm Festival in Cape Town, with the short film "Toevlug". The short won Best Director, Screenplay and Best Short Film. His feature film debut was in 2016 with "Johnny is nie dood nie". It won Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Art Direction, Music, Best Director and Best Film awards at the Silwerskerm Festival. It has been described by South African critics as a landmark in Afrikaans cinema. Currently in post-production are Christiaan’s second and third feature films.


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