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LAYLA FOURIE

LAYLA FOURIE
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Layla, a young polygraphist, is given the opportunity to get proper employment in a company specializing in the business of lie-detection and security. As a single mother, Layla is forced to take her son Kane with her on her journey.

As they head into the country, to what Layla hopes will be the beginning of a real life, an accident happens. Yet from this moment on, their lives will never be the same. A web of lies and deception become firmly wrapped around this young mother and son and as their trust is put to the test, it is perhaps just a matter of time before the truth tears them apart…


Pia Marais grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied Sculpture and Photography in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf before going on to study Film at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Her feature films include: THE UNPOLISHED (DIE UNERZOGENEN, 2007), which screened at many international film festivals and won various prizes, including the Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam, AT ELLEN'S AGE (IM ALTER VON ELLEN, 2010) and LAYLA FOURIE (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Pia Marais
Screenplay Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
Cinematography André Chemetoff
Cast Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks
Producers Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Co-Producers Jeremy Nathan, Michael Auret, Tom Dercourt, Frans van Gestel
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Spier Film/Cape Town, DV8 Films/Johannesburg, Topkapi Films/Amsterdam, Cinema Defacto/Paris, WDR, ARTE
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 English
Festivals Berlin 2013 (In Competition), Crossing Europe Linz 2013, Sydney 2013, Haifa 2013, Cambridge 2013, Festival do Rio 2013, Les Arcs 2016
Awards Special Mention of the International Jury Berlin 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, Eurimages, MEDIA, CNC, Dutch Film Fund, DTI South Africa
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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