Feature film Twee Grade van Moord (Two Degrees of Murder) sees the onscreen reunion of two of South Africa's most loved and respected actors, Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers released nationwide on 22 July 2016.
Set in Cape Town and directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven, "Twee Grade van Moord" looks at homicide from two very different points of view: one reflects the ultimate act of self-centredness, the other a selfless act of mercy. The film is in Afrikaans, with English subtitles, and will release at 45 cinemas across South Africa and is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.
After the glamorous and star studded premiere in Johannesburg on Tuesday (19 July), Netwerk24 said of the film: "You would never have thought that producer Barry Strick's new film Twee Grade van Moord would take such a moving and uncomfortable direction. The film takes viewers on a journey of unconditional love and compels one to think deeply about issues such as euthanasia, acceptance and tolerance."
"Twee Grade van Moord is as emotionally intense as it is brilliant, relentlessly poking at its audience to think, think, THINK about morality, love and the choices (and lack thereof) we have when dealing with the inherent and complicated nature of love. Take Tissues" - Cindi Page, www.wordofmouthct.co.za
Twee Grade van Moord (TGVM) is Barry Strick's first outing as Producer after a career spanning 23 years in the local industry, 20 of those in Post Production. As a first time producer, Barry is particularly proud that the film has recently won TWO Golden Aloe awards at its world premiere at the 2016 Indie Karoo Film Festival, held in the Karoo town of Prince Albert from 1 to 3 July.
On accepting the Best Feature Film award at the festival, Strick said "I would like to thank the organisers and the judges of the festival for this honour. We are exceptionally proud of the award, as it speaks to the quality of the film and to the excellence of its well-loved cast. I am especially grateful to Sandra, Marius, Gerrit, Anita le Roux who wrote the script, and the film's editor Ronelle Loots for their unwavering support." A few days later it was announced that TGVM had also won the Audience Choice award.
The Indie Karoo Film Festival is a platform for independent filmmakers and enables local audiences to discover some of South Africa's most exciting emerging talent. This year's film selection included more than 40 films from South Africa and across the continent and beyond.
"Prinsloo and Weyers, both extremely accomplished and talented performers, shine in what is a complex, profound investigation into the nature of love," says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. "They have appeared in only four films together, including the world famous 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' in 1981. They last appeared in a film together in 1989, making 'Twee Grade van Moord' a long overdue cinematic reunion for them and a marking a milestone in South Africa's cinema history."
'Twee Graade van Moord' tells the story of Aleksa Cloete (Sandra Prinsloo), a well-known Cape Town psychologist, has authored a bestseller, Love Doesn't Hurt, but despite her long and happy marriage to husband Ben (Marius Weyers), she has an entirely intellectual view of love. Their only child Christiaan (Roelof Storm) was forced, while growing up, to find much needed nurturing from his 'second mother', loyal housekeeper Fy Abrahams (Shaleen Surtie-Richards).
As the story unfolds, Aleksa is forced to question her integrity and confront her ability to make sacrifices for the people she cares about. Ultimately, she has to confront the question: "What would love do?"