Director: Jenna Bass
Section: World Cinema
Country: South Africa, Luxembourg, Germany | Year: 2019
Language(s): Afrikaans, English | Time: 117 mins
When her disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, Natalie flees her husband and her small, rural town in South Africa’s desolate Karoo region to reunite with her rebellious best friend Poppie, who is heavily pregnant. The two young women escape together on horseback across the endless winter landscape. Hot on their trail is Captain Beauty Cuba, a lonely policewoman intent on proving the innocence of her long-lost fiancé, framed for Natalie’s crime.
Jenna Bass is a South African writer, filmmaker and former magician. Bass co-wrote the coming-of-age romance, Rafiki (2018), which premiered in Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. Flatland is Jenna’s third feature film as a director and writer.