Max and Mona

  • Max et Mona
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2004
Format : Feature
Running time : 98 (in minutes)

Teddy Mattera, South Africa, 2004; 99m. In Tswana, Zulu, English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

"Absolutely brilliant, with sharp wit, tongue-in-cheek satire and clever plot"-The Herald
This kooky comedy from South Africa follows Max (Mpho Lovinga), a Candide-like innocent, who travels from the provinces to Johannesburg to attend school and become a doctor. Accidentally given the family's sacred goat to bring to his ne'er-do-well Uncle Norman, Max finds himself (and the goat) mired in his uncle's debts to an unscrupulous crime lord. When Uncle Norman discovers that Max, the most gifted professional mourner in the country, could be a profitable source of badly-needed cash, life takes an interesting turn.

Filmmaker Teddy Mattera creates a rollicking mix of farce and folly about a young boy's coming of age and his wild adventure with a most unlikely partner-in-crime in this humorous and delightful contemporary tale.

Starring Mpho Lovinga, Jerry Mofokeng, Coco Merkel.
Directed by Teddy Matera.

Title - "MAX and MONA"
Duration - 98 min
Production Date - 2004
Format - HD and 35mm, Dolby Digital

Key Cast

Max - Mpho Lovinga
Uncle Norman - Jerry Mofokeng
Nozipho - Tumi Melamu
Six - Coco Merckel
Skeel - Seputla Sebugodi
Razor - Percy Matsemela

Production Team

Executive Producers - Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phiri
Writer/Director - Teddy Mattera
Additional Writing - Greg Latter
Producer - Tendeka Matatu
Director Of Photography - Ivan Leathers
Production Designer - Dimitri Repanis
Editor - Kuing-Yuan (Henion) Han
Music Composer - Philip Miller
Production Company - Ice Media /Ice Films


2007 | Africa in Motion | EDINBURGH, Scottland |
* Selection

> In Main Competition

Toronto International Film Festival
> Democracy 10 Sidebar

2004 | London International Film Festival | LONDON, UK
> Best first Film Award

Amiens Film Festival | AMIENS, France
> Official Hors Competition Selection

Festival Do Rio
> In Main Competition

Sithengi Film Festival
> In Main Competition

Goteborg Film Festival
> Official Selection


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