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Three different but equally desperate South African women embark on a journey of self-discovery in the Karoo semi-desert. The barren heartland will bring out the best and worst in them, but will their search throw them together or tear them apart?

The world of lonely, middle-age policewoman Beauty Cuba changes forever when she receives a call for help from Billy, the lost love of her life who has recently been re-arrested for murder. Beauty returns to her home town of Beaufort West, deep in the heart of the surreal landscape of the Karoo semi-desert and quickly learns that this case is not as simple as she thought. The real culprit of this accidental murder is a painfully shy young woman named Natalie who flees her small, rural town on horseback and teams up with her now pregnant childhood friend Poppie to outrun the law.

Flatland is a journey of self-discovery for these three different but equally desperate women, painting a vivid and unique portrait of femininity against a hostile frontier-land and questions what it means to be a women in contemporary South Africa and the world at large.


A co-production with Proper Film (ZA), deal productions (LUX) and unafilm (GER)

With ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel

With the support of NFVF South Africa, WCF Europe, HBF+, Cineworld and CBA Worldview


Festivals & Awards: 69th Berlinale Panorama – Opening Film


  • Actor
    Faith Baloyi/ Nicole Fortuin/ Izel Bezuidenhout/ De Klerk Oelofse/ Albert Pretorius/ Clayton Evertson/ Kim Goncalves/ Brendon Daniels/ Eric Nobbs/
  • Director
    Jenna Bass/
  • Writer
    Jenna Bass/
  • Screenplay
    Sarah Cunningham/
  • Editing
    Jacques de Villiers/
  • Production Design
    Sara Hartinger/
  • Costume
    Chantell Lungiswa Joe/
  • Hair & Makeup
    Babalwa Djieutcheu/
  • Sound
    Bao-Tran Tran "Mobilegirl"/
  • Casting
    Belinda Kruger/ Monique Murray du Plesses/
  • Producers
    David Horler/ Roshanak Behesht Nedjad/ Alexandra Hoesdorff/ Désirée Nosbusch/ Titus Kreyenberg/
  • Associate Producers
    Anna Telford/ Linda Kirmse/ Simon Ratcliffe/ Richard West/
  • ZDF/arte
    Claudia Tronnier/ Olaf Grunert/ Lucas Schmidt/