Paljas Trailer

Paljas Trailer (1998)

23 January 1998 119 mins

The greatest feature to emerge thus far from South Africa (since 1994) is Katinka Heyns's Paljas. The narrative occurs in the 1960s, when poverty amongst Afrikaners was a serious problem and the South African Railway a key mechanism in Afrikaner affirmative action. This excellent Afrikaans language drama follows the deterioration of an Afrikaner family isolated and shunned in the small community of Toorwater. Nothing seems to happen. Then a circus train loses its way and comes to rest in Toorwater, and a mysterious clown brings fresh magic to the stagnating family, but he also poses a threat to the rest of the community. Heyns brilliantly succeeds in creating a metaphor for the Afrikaner family's turbulent emotional, cultural and ideological journey from the darkness of apartheid back into the light of post-apartheid reconciliation (famililial, cultural and political).

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Marius Weyers

as Hendrik MacDonald

Aletta Bezuidenhout

as Katrina MacDonald

Liezel van der Merwe

as Emma MacDonald

Larry Leyden

as Willem MacDonald

Jan Ellis

as Nollie

Ian Roberts

as Frans

Ellis Pearson

as Manuel

Gérard Rudolf

as Jan Mol

David S. Lee

as Bertie

International Titles

El secreto de la magia Trailer

International Releases Dates

South Africa 23 January 1998

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