Hotele Lerallaneng, which happens to be the only South African film to feature at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), follows local actors and, through the lens, invites audiences into their struggles during the stringent COVID19 lockdown.
The film was shot during the lockdown in order to capture the authenticity in expression and experiences brought by the COVID19 pandemic and the uncertainties that came with it. Set at the top of the Melville Koppies hotel, the introspective drama searches for characterisation and riveting storylines.
Directed and produced by Charlie Vundla, the film draws audiences into the lives of a group of young artists as they are forced to spend time with themselves and explore family life and their struggles with creativity during the COVID19 lockdown in a hotel. The film draws the audience into feelings of loneliness, drug use and other fragilities of life experienced by the cast during the global pandemic.
Speaking on being selected to screen at the festival, Charlie Vundla said that Hotele Leralllaneng is more than just a film. Vundla further goes on to explain that the approach taken to shoot the movie authentically portrays the lives of Black South African artists in an unconventional way.
The film is Vundla’s third film, whereby he wrote and directed the work. His previous work includes ‘How to Steal 2 Million, which won four Africa Movie Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. For his work on Cuckold (AKA The Tribe), the director’s work premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also scooped the Best Actor Award at the Africa International Film Festival.