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MAX AND MONA

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MAX AND MONA

Director: Teddy Mattera
South Africa   |   2004   |   98 minutes
English with some Tswana, Afrikaans & Zulu, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Traditional beliefs say that the souls of the dead will not join their ancestors until the mourners cry at their graves. Max Bua, 19, from a South African farm community, has inherited his grandfathers talent for mourning. Despite this heaven-sent gift, Max has his sights set on becoming a doctor and must travel to Johannesburg to begin his studies. With money the villagers collected for his tuition fees, and a wedding gift, he sets off to the city. Arriving too late to register and secure his room at the university, Max must seek out his infamous Uncle Norman. Director Teddy Mattera has constructed a slapstick comedy about a young boys coming of age and his wild adventure with a most unlikely partner in crime.

About the Director Teddy Mattera was born in South Africa in 1963, and studied at the London International Film School and the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He interned on the Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams (1993).
His early experience ranged from work on documentaries for television in South Africa and the UK, and on shorts, commercials and music videos. He scripted the short Waiting for Valdez (2001) and directed the short Norman Comes to Jozi (2002). Max and Mona is his first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.




Global Lens 2006 Trailer
CAST

Max - Mpho Lovinga
Nozipho Diamini - Thumi Melamu
Uncle Norman - Jerry Mofokeng
Razor - Percy Matsemela
Six - Coco Merckel
Skeel - Sepulta Sebugodi

CREW

Director - Teddy Mattera
Production Company - Good Harvest Productions
Executive Producer - Joel Phiri, Jeremy Nathan
Producer - Tendeka Matatu
Screenwriter - Teddy Mattera
Cinematographer - Ivan Leathers
Editor - Henion Han
Production Designer - Demitri Repanis
Sound - Ivan Millborrow
Music - Phillip Miller
REVIEWS

"A rollicking mix of farce and folly!"-San Francisco Art Institute

"A quirky combination of love, tears, death and comedy. 'Max and Mona' is a Charming and deftly made film!"-London Film Festival

"Colorful, bawdy, authentic!"-Bay Area Reporter

"A shaggy goat story. Teddy Mattera applies a wonderfully mythic touch!"-Variety

"A sweet. sharp-witted, and truly South African comedy!" -The Herald (South Africa)

"A wonderfully crazy road movie!" -Cinema St. Louis

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2004
Best Screenplay, CAPE TOWN WORLD CINEMA FESTIVAL
Democracy 10 Sidebar, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Invitation, LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
In Main Competition, SITHENGI FILM FESTIVAL
In Main Competition, FESTIVAL DO RIO

2005
Official Hors De Competition Selection, AMIENS FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, GOTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL
COMMONWEALTH FILM FESTIVAL
Oumarou Ganda Prize, FESPACO PAN-AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

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