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High Fantasy

18.0 min.
Year of Production:
South Africa
Production Company:
Big World Cinema
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

'I'm not trying to escape who I am. This is it, I was born in this body and I can’t escape it, no. Am I angry at what it is? Yes.’ An innocuous idea, since you can assume it would never actually happen: finding yourself in someone else’s body. Yet that is exactly what befalls Lexi and her friends during a camping trip. The shock is immense, especially given the friction that had already existed before the inexplicable event: not only between the three young women and Thami, the only man – but also between Lexi, who is white, and Xoli, who is black. Under the body swapping spell, conflicts erupt that are symptomatic of social upheaval in the South African rainbow nation. Captured with the protagonists’ smartphones, what unfolds is a shrewd and cutting essay on the politics of the body, decades after the end of apartheid.

FILMOGRAFIE Jenna Bass (selection)

2019 Flatland  2018 High Fantasy  2014 Love the One You Love  2010 The Tunnel 

High Fantasy @IMDb
Interview with Jenna Bass and cast

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