SA film bags another big US award

2013-06-11 08:57

South African film Fanie Fourie’s Lobola has won the Audience Prize at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival.

The festival, the largest and most highly attended in the US, presented the awards at a ceremony held at the Seattle Space Needle yesterday.

Lobola is directed by Henk Pretorius and opened in South Africa on March 1 to much critical acclaim.

It tells the tale of an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl who fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola.

The film stars talented newcomer Zethu Dlomo as Dinky and film and comedy favourite, Eduan van Jaarsveld as Fanie; as well as a supporting cast including Jerry Mofokeng, Marga van Rooy, Chris Chameleon, Lillian Dube and Motlatsi Mafatshe.

The 25-day festival, which began on May 16, featured more than 447 films representing 85 countries, Additionally, the festival brought in more than 400 film makers, actors and industry professionals.

“Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’ is proving to be a favourite with cinemagoers and had previously won audience awards at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, and the Jozi Film Festival,” said producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela from Out of Africa Entertainment.

“We are very excited that it won this award at the Seattle International Film Festival, which is a high-profile, big event.”

Co-writer and producer Janine Eser added: “It is wonderful to see how our film has transcended cultural boundaries. We are so proud and honoured.”

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