SA movie ‘Skoonheid’ goes to Cannes

2011-04-16 00:00

A NEW film by award-winning South African director Oliver Hermanus (Shirley Adams) is to be screened at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in May.

Skoonheid will compete in the Un Certain Regard category against works by filmmakers Gus van Sant (Milk ), Bruno Dumont (29 Palms ) and Kim Ki–Duk (The Isle ). It is the fifth South African film to be selected for the Cannes, and the first in Afrikaans.

Skoonheid — the first official South African/French co-production — tells the story of Francois van Heerden, a mid-forties, Afrikaans-speaking family man living in Bloemfontein, whose clean and controlled life is unravelled following a chance encounter.

Hermanus (27 wrote Skoonheid after being selected to attend the 19th session of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation in Paris.

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