A fantastic week for SA's Oliver Hermanus as two of his films get picked up for international distribution

South African director Oliver Hermanus. (Photo: Stefania Dalessandro/Getty Images)
South African director Oliver Hermanus. (Photo: Stefania Dalessandro/Getty Images)
  • Two films by South African director Oliver Hermanus have been picked up for international distribution.
  • IFC Films acquired the North American rights to Moffie.
  • Lionsgate secured UK distribution rights to Living.

It's been a fantastic week for South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus.

This comes after two of his films were acquired by international distributors. Indie studio IFC Films scooped up the North American rights to Oliver's critically acclaimed gay war film, Moffie, and Lionsgate secured the UK distribution rights to his latest project, Living, starring Bill Nighy.

Moffie, which is one of South Africa's official entries in the 2021 Golden Globe Awards, received rave reviews worldwide during its release earlier this year. When Covid-19 impacted the film's cinematic release it was quickly made available for streaming on The Fugard's website. The film is currently available on Showmax.

"Moffie is a brilliant cinematic vision with a powerful message that will inspire audiences and critics alike. We’re thrilled to come on board with such an accomplished film and singular directorial voice," Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films, said in a statement.

Director Oliver Hermanus on the set of the film 'M
Director Oliver Hermanus on the set of the film 'Moffie'. (Photo: Supplied/Moffie Film)

Living, which is produced by the UK’s Number 9 Films, is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 Japanese drama Ikiru and is set to start filming early next year.

In 2015 Oliver made history when his film Endless River was the first ever South African film to compete for the top prize, The Golden Lion award, at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011 his film Skoonheid won the Queer Palm award at Cannes Film Festival.

(Compiled by: Herman Eloff. Sources: Variety/Screen Daily)


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