The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival came to a close over the weekend after 11 days of truly enjoyable film and documentary offerings from across the globe. The Socialite finds out more…
The night saw the screening of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson. Rachel McAdams and Carla Bruni as well as the award ceremony honouring those for their contributions at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.
Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, was lauded by the International Jury as a “masterpiece” with “astonishing performances from the ensemble cast”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000.
Receiving a cash prize of R25 000, the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Skoonheid (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus. The jury commended the film as revealing a director on a “remarkable trajectory”, praising the film’s “subtlety, control and knowledge of film history” and one which “tells a complex South African story with universal appeal”.
The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, with a prize of € 2,500, went to Sobukwe, A Great Soul (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube.
A R20 000 prize for Best First Feature Film was awarded to Matthew Gordon for The Dynamiter (USA).
The full list of awards include:
Best Film: Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi
Best South African Feature: Skoonheid (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus
Best First Feature: The Dynamiter (USA), directed by Matthew Gordon
Best Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev for Elena (Russia)
Best Actress: Nadezhda Markina in Elena (Russia)
Best Actor: William Patrick Ruffin in The Dynamiter (USA)
Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for Elena (Russia)
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran)
Special Mention Feature Film: Skoonheid (South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus
Special Mention South African Feature Film: Eldorado (South Africa), directed by Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris
Best Documentary: Position Among the Stars (Stand van de Sterren) (The Netherlands), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich
Best South African Documentary: Dear Mandela (South Africa/USA), directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza
Best Short Film: Dirty Laundry (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott
Best South African Short Film: Dirty Laundry (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Sobukwe, A Great Soul (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube
DIFF Wavescape Surf Film Festival Audience Award: A Deeper Shade Of Blue (Australia) directed by Jack McCoy
DIFF Documentary Audience Award: Fire in Babylon (United Kingdom), directed by Stevan Riley
DIFF Feature Film Audience Award: The First Grader (Kenya,United Kingdom,South Africa), directed by Justin Chadwick