VANISHING ELEPHANT

MTHUNZI

2019 | NARRATIVE | 9' | 4:3 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE | SUBSTITLES: ENGLISH / FRANÇAIS / ESPAÑOL / 中文

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Mthunzi gets distracted on his way back from the store. 

Based on real facts and rooted in the current and past history of South Africa, Mthunzi is a movie under tension, both for the excellent performance of its actors and its impeccable image. Impressive by its strong subject matter − which resonates with our European reality − and important by its unstoppable effectiveness, Tebogo Malebogo’s first film undoubtedly reveals the talent of a promising filmmaker.

- Locarno Film Festival

"While walking home from the store, a young man is prompted to help a seizing woman, and unknowingly demonstrates the danger of doing the right thing. Cape Town–based filmmaker Tebogo Malebogo’s briskly tense script and direction elevate Mthunzi from a simple morality tale into a nervous thriller about implicit biases in unfamiliar circumstances."

- New York Film Festival

“Centered on a chance encounter, MTHUNZI gives an intimate and powerful glance into the intricacies of unconscious bias. Beautifully captured, grounded performances and daring choices on behalf of the filmmaker left the jury stirred by this gentle narrative.”

- Jury Statement, Special Jury Award (Live Action) at the 33rd AFI Fest 

"...with involving performances, an efficient script and crisp, suspenseful direction, this short thriller is a promising first sign of a confident and socially conscious young talent." 

- Le Cinéma Club (lecinemaclub.com)

"A simple story to tell an everyday, but deeply powerful event, full of reflections on how everyday racism can be very internalized, which still prevents many people around the world from reacting to preconceived stereotypes about black people .. It also shows us very skilfully the complex social fabric of South Africa that is still pierced by Apartheid's inheritance."

- Jury Statement, Best International Short Film, Quibdó African Film Festival

Selections

2019

Locarno Film Festival 72 *

Festival Internacional de Cine Rengo 15

New York Film Festival 57

MikroFAF International Festival 10

Thess International Short Film Festival 13

Chicago International Film Festival 55 *

Uppsala International Short Film Festival 38 *

ACT Shorts in the Museum

San Jose International Short Film Festival 11

Carthage Film Festival 30

Lobo Fest: Part 1 11

AFI Fest 33 *

Hainan Island International Film Festival 2

Bogoshorts 17 *

Tapiales International Film Festival 16

Lobo Fest: Part 2 11

2020

Arthouse Asia 4

Flickerfest 29 *

Le Cinéma Club

Minimalen Short Film Festival 32

Yountville International Short Film Festival 3

Santander Independent Film Festival 3

Carta Blanca: Felipe Montoya at Tabakalera

Palencia International Film Festival 29

Tampere Film Festival 50 *

SXSW 32 *

ImagineIndia 19
Ramsgate International Film Festival 4

Palm Springs International ShortFest 26 *

Seattle Black Film Festival 17

Gimli Film Festival 20

International Festival Signs of the Night 18

San Francisco Black Film Festival 22

Bengaluru International Short Film Festival 9 *

Black Community Foundation Nuremberg

Afrika Film Festival Köln 27

Silwerskermfees Webinar

Quibdó África Film Festival 3

Encounters Film Festival 25 *

Arizona International Film Festival 29

Drunken Film Fest Oakland

Shnit Film Festival 18

El Paso Film Festival 3

Adelaide Film Festival 7

Hollyshorts Film Festival 17*

Interfilm Berlin 36*

Uruguay International Film Festival 38

Griot Film Festival 

Russian Indie Film Festival 3

2021

Vilnius International Short Film Festival 14

Mecal Pro 23

Film O'Clock International Film Festival 1

Black Diaspora Short Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival 6

* Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals

Awards

AFI Fest 

            Special Jury Prize: Live Action Short Film

Carthage Film Festival

            Bronze Award : Best Short Film

Gimli Film Festival

            Best International Short Film Jury Prize

Quibdó África Film Festival

             Best International Short Film

Drunken Film Fest Oakland

             Best World Narrative

Russian Indie Film Festival 

             Best Editing

Queen Palms International Film Festival

Silver Award : Best Short Film - Social Awareness

Nominated    : Best Actor - Nala Khumalo

European Cinematography Awards

Best Short Cinematography (Sept '19): Pierre De Villiers

Crew

Executive Producers

Writer & Director

Producer

Cast

Co-Producer

1st AD

Production Assistants

Director of Photography

1st AC

2nd AC

3rd AC

Loader

Gaffer

Grip

DIT

Script Supervisors

On-Set Sound

Art Director

Art Dept. Assistant

Make-up

BTS Photographer

Poster Design

Editor

Composer

Sound Editors/Mixers

Grade

Special Thanks

Tebogo Malebogo, Petrus van Staden

Tebogo Malebogo
Petrus van Staden

Nala Khumalo
Jamie-Lee Money
Inge Beckmann
Russell Crous

Jamie Petersen
Walter Mzengi
Hannah Innacio, Suné Burger

Pierre De Villiers
Fuad Casker
Alexandre Ortscheit
Nicolas Faure
Chantelle Potgieter
Warrick le Sueur
Justin Vallay
Emile van Straaten
Adam Hansen, Amy Stohrer
Ruan Pienaar, Juandré Viljoen

Lara Hattingh
Danielle Erlank
Hiroshi Adaniya, Sune Burger, 
Hannah Inacio

Gabriella Achadinha
Matthew Bradley

Petrus van Staden
Elu Eboka
Edward King, Greg Albert, Alex Smillie
Franscesca Verveckken at Priest Post



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Phillip & Nicholas Doble

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