Bold fare at film festival

THIS year's Durban International Film Festival promises audiences daring, innovative and controversial films.

Top Hollywood actresses Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba will feature in the Michael Winterbottom film, The Killer Inside Me, that has been billed as one of the festival's most controversial films.

The festival opens with the world premiere of Khalo Matabane's State Of Violence, a story of revenge, history and memory. The closing film is Josh Appignanesi's comedy, The Infidel, about a British Muslim who discovers that he was born Jewish.

The festival will present nine world premieres of South African feature films, as well as the African premiere of Life, Above All, the recent Cannes hit directed by Oliver Schmitz.

Making their debut will be Jahmil XT Qubekas's stylish and original A Small Town Called Descent, starring Vusi Kunene and Hlubi Mboya, and Jann Turner's much-anticipated follow-up to White Wedding, Paradise Stop, which features Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi.

This year marks the 31st time that the festival, organised by the Centre for Creative Arts, is being showcased.

It runs from July 22 to August 1 and will see more than 200 screenings at venues across Durban.