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Malunde - An Unlikely Friendship (Malunde - Eine Freundschaft wider Willen)

Malunde - An Unlikely Friendship
Scene from "Malunde"

South Africa, post-apartheid. Wonderboy, a wiry 11-year-old, is trying to survive on the streets of crime-ridden Johannesburg. Kobus, a former soldier of the apartheid army, can't forget the "good old days" when he was "somebody" - a man honored for his bravery. Now he's hoping for something to make life worth living again.

Kobus takes on a job as a travelling delivery man. His pick-up loaded to the brim with tins of Rainbow Wax, he meets up with Wonderboy at a traffic intersection, where the boy eagerly cleans the car's windscreen, hoping for some small change.

A gangster arrives on the scene, waving a gun - he wants to kill Wonderboy. The boy has only one chance: he leaps into Kobus' car, urging him to drive like hell because he is about to be "car-jacked". Kobus buys the story and they race off, shaking the gunman off their tail. Kobus wants to get rid of the "little gangster" as soon as he can. But he needs someone to guard the car - and he is not much of a salesman. Wonderboy uses all his street-wise skills to make Rainbow Wax big business! And so begins a journey which moves from mutual antagonism and suspicion, even hatred, to friendship, coming to terms with a troubled past and creating an unexpected future.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Stefanie Sycholt
Screenplay Stefanie Sycholt
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Ulrike Tortora
Annette Focks
Birrie Le Roux
Cast Ian Roberts, Kagiso Mtetwa
Producers Dieter Horres, Juergen Biefang
Production Company Traumwerk Filmproduktion, Munich, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 2001, Toronto 2001, Tokyo 2001 (in competition)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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