Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (SIFF 2013)

Dinky, an educated and independent Zulu woman, is under pressure from her father to find a husband. Fanie, an Afrikaans man aspiring to be recognized as a “panel artist” of restored cars, needs a date to his brother’s wedding. Dinky and Fanie meet one day in a cake shop and make a deal to pretend to be each other’s dates and meet their respective families. It’s supposed to be a one-time deal, but they discover they actually like each other in this fresh take on an opposites-attract romantic comedy. Really well done with believable characters, a touching love story, and an upbeat soundtrack that made me want to jump out of my seat and start dancing. Highly Recommended!

Provided Film Synopsis
What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola, a South African tradition that finds the groom’s family negotiating for the bride’s hand? When Fanie Fourie, a young Afrikaner who designs custom cars that resemble African animals, accepts a dare to take a beautiful Zulu entrepreneur, Dinky Magubane, to his brother’s wedding the stage is set for romance. She accepts on the condition that Fanie pretends to be her boyfriend so that she can stop her deeply traditional father from pressuring her into marriage. Of course, as Dinky and Fanie start to fall in love their hoax to annoy their families becomes a meaningful relationship. But can it transcend their cultural differences, family politics, and especially, the thorny tradition of lobola? Fanie Fourie’s Lobola effectively skewers South African cultural expectations, furthering conversations about interracial relationships and whether lobola retains its relevance in a modern society, among others. Based on a popular South African book, the hilarious script by director Henk Pretorius and Janine Eser is populated with genuinely likeable characters whose chemistry will melt even the coldest of hearts. Don’t miss this contemporary fairy tale about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Henk Pretorius
  • Cast Members:

    • Angelique Pretorius
    • Eduan van Jaarsveldt
    • Jerry Mofokeng
    • Motlatsi Mafatshe
    • Zethu Dhlomo
  • Countries:

    • South Africa
  • Languages:

    • Afrikaans
    • English
    • Zulu
  • Genres:

    • Romantic Comedy
    • Show Me the World