The Whale Caller, This is a film based on the novel by renowned South African author, Zakes Mda. The seaside village of Hermanus in the Western Cape is filled with whale-watchers; foreign tourists who come to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the whale caller feels like a jealous lover, oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.
The two misfits eventually fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance, and their relationship suggests the deeper concern is not so much the fragility of love, but the fragility of life itself when one surrenders wholly to the foolish heart. This movie stars Sello Maake ka-Ncube and Amrain Ismail-Essop and was directed by Zola Maseko.
In cinemas Friday 13th October, 2017
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