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Marita van der Vyver's Avonture van Hanna Hoekom Set for Film

Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna HoekomAlert! One of BOOK SA’s legion tipsters has sent us the news that Marita van der Vyver’s popular youth novel, Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom, is being turned into a film.

The production is part of a significant surge in Afrikaans filmmaking of late: witness Deon Meyer’s Jakhalsdans, among many others.

The book won the 2002 Sanlam Youth Prize. From the blurb:

Hanna Hoekom has earned herself the nickname “hoekom” because she is forever questioning life, the status quo and the universe. One of her great, all-time questions is: Why can I not have a normal life like other kids? Why did my mother have to go and marry an out-of-work actor with two sons? Why do I have to put up with a very good-looking but intolerably rude new step-brother? And why, of all things on earth, did my mother have to get the crazy idea that this entire extended happy family should go and spend a honeymoon of three weeks in a ramshackle old house on top of a deserted mountain – in order to get to know each other better?!

Here’s a preview of the film’s poster:

Movie Poster

The film script was written by Gustav Kuhn, and the production is being directed by “acclaimed and celebrated Regardt van den Bergh” and stars “Marius Weyers, Gys de Villiers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Tertius Meintjies and Helen Lombard”, according to this source.

We’ll keep watch out for a trailer – anyone with further info or links, please add them in the comments section below!

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