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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


70th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

28th August > 7th September 2013

Final Cut in Venice

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Territorial Pissings is a low-fi contemporary experimental film that chronicles suburban Johannesburg during “Youth Day” (June 16th) in through a series of intimate vignettes into the lives of various members of South Africa’s first free generation as they try make sense of their environment, themselves and each other.

Note: the screening on August 31 at 9:30 am is reserved for Industry pass holders
31 August 09:30 - Sala Pasinetti FINAL CUT IN VENICE Territorial Pissings by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer - South Africa, 41' (60') work-in-progress
language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu - s/t English
Michael Mack Magagane, Emma Tollman, Inness Maas, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Bonko Cosmo, Jim Hazard, Chistopher Bolton, Kelsey Corlette, Ayla Shade, Michael Butler, Mbuso Zulu, Jami Ella Gavin
Director’s Statement
I made this film in the memory of Aimee De La Harpe.
It’s a short set of vignettes that explore conversations between kids in Jo’burg on Youth Day. Kids who are confused, dispossessed to varying degrees, seeking some kind of instant assurance in middle class Johannesburg and trying to get the answers from each other ’cause the parents ain’t around much.
It’s a tribute to what it was in those days growing up for us, I guess. The popular thought is that suburbia is this strange kind of heaven on earth and kids don’t get fucked up there especially as it relates to post apartheid South Africa.
So I shot short truths. The kids with the drugs, the kid trying to have sex with some girl in the skate park, the two lovers who take life and their own problems too seriously, trying to calculate the abyss in a park somewhere where nothing ever happens and no one ever cares.