Moffie (2021)
Moffie (2019) Porto Bello Film Sales

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Oliver Hermanus | South Africa, UK | 2019 | Unclassified (18+)

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Sat 20 Nov 2021

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A young conscript's life in the brutal South African army is made all the more precarious when he forms a relationship with a fellow recruit.

South African auteur Oliver Hermanus makes his masterpiece with this brutal but radiant story of young gay desire on the Angolan war front.


Set in 1981 during Apartheid and amongst the hyper masculine, brutalising world of the South African army, Moffie (which is a derogatory term Afrikaans use for gay) follows 18-year-old Nicholas, a recent conscript whose task to survive his compulsory military service is made all the more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit – a perilous proposition when your growing desires are effectively illegal.

Based on André-Carl van der Merwe's iconic memoir, director Oliver Hermanus who made the brilliant Queer Palm-winning Beauty (2011) follows up with a film equally as blistering, unflinching and powerful.

Format: DCP
Courtesy: Porto Bello Film Sales
Runtime: 99 min

Event duration

99 mins


Unclassified (18+)


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