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The Fragile King

Michael, a 15-year-old schoolboy, is sent to live with his grandfather after his mother dies. They don’t know each other and the emotional gulf between the traumatised boy and the crusty old man is immense. Slowly a relationship builds during a road trip to Alexander Bay, near Oranjemund, only to be severed by Gerald, the grandfather. Both the boy and the older man suffer the consequences. The bleak, desolate landscape of the Cape’s West coast is an eloquent backdrop to Michael and Gerald’s aloneness and aching self-sufficiency. The Fragile King has sparse dialogue which accentuates the minimalist tone. Thanks to excellent acting we come to care about what happens to the boy and the old man. In the end we are left with questions that linger, underscoring the movie’s power.

Director

Tristan Holmes

Producer

Cati Weinek, Dumi Gumbi, Adam Thal

Cinematographer

Lance Gewer

Cast

Andrew Buckland, Antoinette Louw, Nthati Moshesh, Jennifer Steyn, Jonathan Pienaar, Morné Visser, Esmerelda Bihl, And Introducing, Alex De La Rey

Awards

Best Director – New Renaissance Film Festival (London, UK) Best International Feature Film & Best Actor In A Feature Film – Overcome Film Festival Best Lighting & Best Cinematography – Motion Pictures International Film Festival Best Original Screenplay of a Feature Film, Best Cinematography in a Feature Film & Best Lead Actress – West, East and South Film Festival (Fusion) Chandler International Film Festival- Best International Narrative Film

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