Charlie Vundla is an entrepreneur and filmmaker whose film Hotele Lerallaneng has been selected for the 50th edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
The Rotterdam Film Festival is one of the largest in the world. It will run for five days until June 6, 2021.
Hotele Rerallaneng features Moopi Mothibeli, Zethu Dlamini-Mphahlele, Cameron Scott, Celeste Khumalo, and Buntu Petse.
Set in an environment of unusual seasons and COVID-19 lockdowns, the drama explores the deepest facets of our feelings and uncertainties.
With his eye for detail and compelling story lines, Vundla captures the lives of a group of artists as they struggle with their inner demons while waiting for the pandemic to end, in a luxury hotel in the Melville Koppies, and with questions of family and imagination.
Vundla is thrilled to be invited to the prestigious event. “This is an amazing validation for our film and our cast and crew,” said the director.
“Hotele Lerallaneng is more than a film; it is a tribute to the human spirit and a reflection on our current state of stagnation. We could turn the camera inwards, try something new, and show the lives of Black South African artists in a way that is seldom seen on screen,” he added.
Vundla’s first film, How to Steal 2 Million, was released in 2011.
It was a box office success and critical acclaim. It starred several South African actress and actors, namely Terry Pheto, the late Menzi Ngubane, and Rapulana Seiphemo.
It won four Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Seattle International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Pan African Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Jury Award.
Cuckold , his second film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and won Best Actor Awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival , and the Africa International Film Festival.