Layla Fourie tells a story about a young single-mother who lives with her little boy in Johannesburg. When she starts working as polygraph operator for a security company, Layla hopes she's finally found a stable job: but after being involved in an accident, she must keep a secret that will trap her in a dangerous web of lies and suspicions. Directed by Pia Marais, this unusual thriller goes deep into South Africa's political and social background, still affected by racial conflict and fear.
- 2013, 108MIN, Fiction
- DIRECTOR: Pia Marais
- CAMERA: André Chemetoff
- EDITOR: Mona Bräuer, Chris Teerink
- SCRIPT: Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
- SOUND: Herman Pieëte
- ACTORS: Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks
Pia Marais studied sculpture and photography in London, Amsterdam and finally the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf before she went on to study film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie (Dffb) in Berlin. She made several shorts, including Loop (1996), Deranged (1998), Tricky People (1999), and 17 (2003), and after several engagements in film business as a casting director and assistant director, made her feature debut with The Unpolished (2007), which has screened at international film festivals and won Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam among many other prizes. Her second feature film At Ellen’s Age (2010) was developed in the Résidence du Festival de Cannes. Layla Fourie is her latest work.