Films to watch at the Design Indaba Festival 2018

An inner-city festival, Nightscape is partner to the annual Design Indaba Conference 2018.

Nightscape is an immersive wonderland of installations, activations, gourmet street food, DJs, VJs, VIP hospitality suites, interactive performers, exhibitions and live music. But another of its consuming offerings is the specially curated films that will be showcased at the Artscape in Cape Town from 22-23 February 2018.

Here’s a look at what you can expect to see:

Black Panther 

Marvel’s Black Panther is one of this year’s most anticipated films. After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king, and as Black Panther, gets tested.

The screening on Thursday require a Nightscape, Conference or Simulcast ticket for entry in addition to the movie ticket. Nightscape tickets are available to the public through Webtickets and are priced at R250 per night, or R375 for a 2-night pass. Tickets for the movie go live on Monday, 19 February. 

Loving Vincent

Unlike Black Panther, the success of Loving Vincent was more unexpected than heavily anticipated.

The world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story.

Every one of the 65 000 frames is an oil-painting hand painted by 125 professional artists from all across the world to Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be part of the production.

As remarkable as van Gogh’s brilliant paintings is his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

The film will premiere in Africa for the first time at the Design Indaba Festival 2018. Tickets go live on Monday, 19 February.

Enough White Cups

The documentary highlights the Danish non-profit INDEX which is based on Scandinavian design culture and practice and explains the many ways that inventions are designed to impact daily life.

Enough White Teacups Trailer from Michelle Bauer Carpenter on Vimeo.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

The work of Piet Oudolf is famed the world over. His design for the High Line in New York is perhaps his most celebrated work. By viewing seasons not as limitations but by using them to his advantage, Oudolf designs schemes that evolve in exciting fashion. But the hand of the master is always evident. In the film he talks about his vision of design, and shows that architecture is about more than stone and concrete.

FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (theatrical trailer) from Thomas Piper on Vimeo.

Big Time

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bjarke Ingels has rapidly become one of the design world’s biggest stars; and his name recently appeared in TIME’S 100 Most Influential People. An intimate insight into the life of a genius innovative mind and his struggle to maintain his own persona while making the world a better place to live. Big Time follows star architect over a period of 6 years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the New York skyscraper W57 and 2 World Trade Center.

Bobbi Jene

After a decade of stardom in Israel, the American dancer Bobbi Jene takes intensity to a new level: She decides to leave her great mentor/choreographer Ohad Nahardi and the love of her life behind to return to US. Determined to establish herself, she creates her own violently personal and boundary-breaking performances. A woman's fight for independence and the dilemma of its consequences.

BOBBI JENE - trailer from Sonntag Pictures on Vimeo.

Tickets for Nightscape at Design Indaba 2018 are available from Webtickets and are sold separately to the Design Indaba Conference and Simulcast. You do not need to buy tickets if you are attending the open evening on the 21st of February 2018, as this event is complementary.

Five Fingers for Marseilles will be screened during Design Indaba Festival's complementary evening on 21 February

While these films won’t be screened during the complementary evening, you can still catch Five Fingers for Marseilles along with a special creators' discussion panel.

Five Fingers for Marseilles fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama played in local tongue by four generations of acclaimed South African stars. The great westerns always contained socio-political threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on today’s South Africa is edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human.