Love the one you love

Directed by Jenna Cato Bass
Produced by Jenna Cato Bass & Steven Markovitz
Co-produced by Lawrence Mattis
Written by Jenna Cato Bass
88min
South Africa
2014



 


Synopsis

Terri (Chi Mhende), a sex-line operator, and Sandile (Andile Nebulane), a dog handler, seem to have the perfect romance – too perfect: Terri secretly yearns for freedom, while Sandile dreams of the day his girlfriend will admit that they’re meant to be. When Terri de­cides to teach English in Korea, the couple agree to take a break, but to their horror, they encounter unexpected resistance: their friends and family are intent that they stay together, at whatever cost. What starts as innocent advice and isolated events soon become more sinister, and Terri and Sandile begin to suspect that there is a conspiracy at work to keep them in love, involving strangers, the city, the country and maybe the government – but why? Together they embark on an investigation that takes them across the city, consulting witchdoctors, priests, private investigators, and eventually into the frightening heart of their love for each other. On the other side of town, Eugene (Louw Venter), a love-lorn computer technician struggles to get over his ex-fiancée, Micheline, striking up an unlikely friendship with her teenage brother, lonely smart aleck, Mo (Mogamat Dayaan Salie). When Eugene’s late night in­ternet searches uncover concrete proof that he and Micheline are destined for each other, Eugene sets off to win back the love of his life.

‘Love The One You Love’s parallel stories question the ideals we hold too sacred: love, happiness, and the New South Africa, the pursuit of which makes truth impossible.

Awards

Best South African Feature Film, Durban International Film Festival, 2014

Best Direction in a South African Feature Film, Durban International Film Festival, 2014

Best Actress (Chi Mhende), Durban International Film Festival, 2014

Best Feature Film, Jozi Film Festival, 2015

Nominated for the Flash Forward Award, Busan International Film Festival, 2014

Youth Jury Award, 3 Continents Festival, 2014

Nominated for the Ingmar Bergman Debut Award, Göteborg International Film Festival, 2015