South African Film Festival

The Little Match Girl

Expired May 31, 2023 1:45 PM
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Shot in black and white, with haunting music as the sole audio, this short fairytale (an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen story) takes us into the world of a homeless young girl who wanders the streets of Cape Town.  Actress Farren Lategan (named Best Actress at the Paris Women Festival) brings tears to our eyes as she curls up alone at night in deserted corners on squalid streets, but makes us smile when she enters imaginary worlds of beauty and caring.  By lighting a match she conjures moments of wonder, people who care, and, finally, her (dead) grandmother, who had loved her and with whom she is reunited.  The movie ends with warmth and tenderness.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    12 minutes
  • Language
    No dialogue
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Rating
    All Ages
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  • Director
    Kim Geldenhuys
  • Producer
    Carnita Ferrara
  • Executive Producer
    Ashleigh Jarratt
  • Cast
    Farren Lategan
  • Cinematographer
    Adam Bentel, SASC
  • Editor
    Xander Vander
  • Music
    Nils Frahm, Thomasz Mrenca, Tony Anderson