Cinema Abraham: more than just a film

Abraham: more than just a film

Only due to be released internationally on 16 October, movie-goers at Festival were treated with a preview of Jans Rautenbach’s new film, Abraham, at the Olive Schreiner Room, Monument, on Friday.

His first film for 35 years, Abraham portrays the true story of Abraham Soetland, a young sculptor who lived at Vlakteplaans near Oulap in the Karoo circa 1983. Rautenbach met him while living in the Karoo.

Promotional poster for Abraham, a new film by acclaimed director Jans Rautenbach.

Promotional poster for Abraham, a new film by acclaimed director Jans Rautenbach.

The film is a study of the life of an artist who survives on the margins of society. Abraham explores Soetland’s work and desire to be heard creatively.

“The hell of a dreamer is that everybody listens but nobody hears,” reflects Rautenbach after the screening.

Working only with amateurs, Abraham is strikingly raw: it is filled with real sweat, real tears, real pain, and Abraham’s real sculptures. The audience gets to feel as if they knew Abraham too, this as he dances along the dusty roads of the Karoo with his wooden chickens and pigeons.

Abraham is more than just a film: it is a touching portrayal of an artist whose biography imprinted itself on Rautenbach’s memory forever.

Jesame Geldenhuys
Cue student reporter

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