Exclusive Trailer for LA Film Festival: Romantic Comedy Catching Feelings With Pearl Thusi and Kagiso Lediga

– by Gig Patta

All relationships are complicated. Very complicated. No relationship is simple.

South African filmmaker Kagiso Lediga stars and directs the romantic comedy Catching Feelings, which is making its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this month.

The film stars almost an entirely black South African cast including Pearl Thusi (Quantico), Andrew Buckland (Shot Down), Akin Omotoso (Blood Diamond), Precious Makgaretsa (Blitzpatrollie), Kate Liquorish (Eye in the Sky), Tessa Jubber (Wallander), and Tyson Cross (The Avengers).

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

Max Matshane (Lediga), is a 34-year-old author who wrote a South African bestseller in his 20s, but whose star has waned and now finds himself as a disgruntled professor, teaching creative writing at the local university. Max lives in a leafy Johannesburg suburb with his exceptionally beautiful wife, Samkelo (Thusi), who career is on the rise as a reputable journalist. Despite their love for each other, their relationship has hit a rut. Lacking excitement, the couple have settled into a routine that neither agrees with. Sam longs to travel and resents that they have become too suburban and ‘safe,’ their lives missing the spark it had promised when they first met. Max, meanwhile, is stuck in an existential void, contemplating his art as a failed writer and the consequences of his identity as a black academic in modern South Africa. Max now spends his time at dinners and events, musing over his frustrations with his key conspirator and sounding board, Joel (Omotoso), who himself has his hands full with an illicit affair.

A wintery Johannesburg sets the scene, as it brings with it a very successful and flamboyant author, Heiner Miller (Buckland), who abandoned South Africa for greener pastures and now returns to do a residency in Max’s department. Heiner is a hedonist in the truest sense and as soon as he arrives, a string of sexual escapades, alcohol and drug induced late nights ensue.

Throwing caution to this whirlwind, Max is intrigued and followers Heiner on this adventure of indulgence. But, after Heiner suffers a mild heart attack, Max is forced to bring him into his own home to recuperate. Instantly, tensions rise as the infectious joie de vivre of Heiner is set on a collision course with the mundane life that Max and Sam have cultivated. With new questions about love and truth thrust upon them, Max and Sam are faced with an unexpected crossroad, as they search for reason and purpose to life.

LRM has the exclusive trailer to premiere for this indie darling during the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The festival is screening the film tonight at 6:10 p.m. at the Culver City ArcLight.

Check out the exclusive trailer below for CATCHING FEELINGS.

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