Venda film lauded

2013-04-23 14:17

The world’s first-ever Venda-language feature film has scooped two awards at the important 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Florence Masebe, whose performance as Elelwani carries the film, beat out stars from across the continent to lift Best Actress at a Nollywood-glamour ceremony in Yenagoa in Nigeria at the weekend.

Elelwani, a piece of magical realism about a girl who must forsake true love to marry the king, also won Best Production Design.

Director Ntshavheni wa Luruli wrote and directed Elelwani, adapting it from the 1954 novel by Titus Maumela.

Meanwhile, the breakthrough debut feature from Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town, Adventures in Zambezia, continued its international award run by winning Best Animation on Saturday night.

Zambezia is steadily conquering the planet, beating out international animation features at the box office in several territories.

Elelwani opened last year’s Durban International Film Festival and Zambezia was the closing film. The animated feature about a young falcon’s rite of passage beat Elelwani to best film in Durban.

Another outsider feature that premiered in Durban – Uhlanga, The Mark – won Best Cinematography in Nigeria last week.

The film, developed in the community by director Ndaba ka Ngwane, tells the story of three rural teens who are branded as evil and rejected by their village.

The Nigerian film Confusion Na Wa emerged champion at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, winning the prize for Best Film.

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