Monday, 23 May 2011

SA film wins Cannes prize..

Skoonheid, the first Afrikaans film selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, has won the Queer Palm. The unofficial award, not connected to the festival itself, is given to a film that addresses gay, lesbian, bi, or transgender issues, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The second film by South African director Oliver Hermanus deals with a 40-something Bloemfontein family man who battles to suppress his sexual desires and develops an obsession with his friend's 23-year-old son.

"We were struck and marked by this film about self-hate, homophobia and racism. Skoonheid is a disturbing, radical film, real cinema," said jury president Elisabeth Quin.

The film was part of Cannes Official Selection and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section. See trailer..

I have read that the film's main character Francois lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Father of two daughters and a devoted husband, he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean and ordered existence.

23-year-old Christian is the son of a long lost friend. By all accounts he is the personification of a handsome young man in the prime of his life. Francois is so disarmed by the young man that it instantly ignites within him an all consuming infatuation and misplaced lust. Despite his careful concealed disgust for himself, Francois pours out the lost emotions he has despised all his life in what becomes a desperate attempt at taking from the world that which he has always secretly wanted: Happiness.

Dean Lotz, who plays the lead role, was "ecstatic" about the win.

"It gives us wonderful recognition as a film and for South Africa's growing film industry," he is reported to have said.

"The critics that were there obviously saw something that they liked," he added.

Note: I have not seen the film save for the trailer above, but I shall be looking to see it when I can..


C'est moi said...

wow, this is definitely one to see...

The thing though,about most of these Cannes movies is that they are not usually released on such a large scale as the Hollywood ones, perhaps because they are eclectic,so it becomes really difficult to get to see them or find a means of doing so..

And then if one thought to perhaps wait to see it on DVD, one never knows when the DVD gets released!

c'est moi said...

Check out this link as well...this looks very interesting!

Anengiyefa said...

C'est moi, thanks for the link. I particularly enjoyed listening to the interview of Mike Mills the film maker..

Quite a story eh..

Anengiyefa said...

I decided to embed the interview on the blog..