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Gaia

Directed by Jaco Bouwer, 2021 South Africa 96 minutes
MA15+
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A forest ranger (Monique Rockman, Number 37, SFF 2018) encounters pre-apocalypse survivalists and terrifying phenomena in this visually stunning eco-horror from South Africa.

The magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park becomes a menacing jungle hell in Jaco Bouwer’s tale about our relationship with the seething mass of organisms that also inhabit this planet. When injured ranger Gabi is separated from her colleague and rescued by a father and son, something sinister is in the air. Having rejected modernity for a primitive existence, the father rants about humankind’s mistreatment of the Earth, and it becomes clear that this forest contains dangers beyond anyone’s imagination. Breathtaking visuals, stunning body-horror sequences and a superb soundscape create a viewing experience that is at once hallucinatory and profoundly lucid.

Program Strand
Freak Me Out,
Classification
MA15+ - Strong themes and violence
Language
In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Director
Jaco Bouwer,
Producer
Tertius Kapp, Jorrie van der Walt, Jaco Bouwer,
Cast
Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk,
Screenwriter
Tertius Kapp,
Cinematographer
Jorrie van der Walt,
Editor
Leon Visser,
Genre
Horror, Environmental, Africa,
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment,