South African film Felix was selected as the best children’s film at a German film festival, walking off with a cash prize of €7 500 (about R100 000).
Germany’s Lucas International Film Festival, now in its 36th year, honours films aimed at younger viewers and four children form part of the adjudicating panel. About 400 entries were received this year.
Felix deals with a young boy from a poor background who dreams about following in the footsteps of his jazz musician dad.
Director Robert Durrant is ecstatic about the award. “We had two amazing shows at Lucas; the audiences were on their feet cheering and whistling,” Durrant told channel24.com.
“The audience loved the movie but I didn’t expect to receive the main award because there was such strong competition.”
The judges said Felix offers a multisided perspective of life in present-day South Africa. “The film tells an entertaining and exciting story, with excellent actors and great music.”
Felix will also soon be shown at the Hamburg Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
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