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.
Durban International Film Festival, Official Competition, South Africa, 2014
Busan International Film Festival, Flash Forward Competition, South Korea, 2014
Festival des 3 Continents, France, 2014
Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2015
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
Nominated for Best New Actor and Best Debut Feature, African Movie Academy Awards 2015