Magazine article Screen International

A Separation Wins in Durban, First Grader Takes Audience Award

Magazine article Screen International

A Separation Wins in Durban, First Grader Takes Audience Award

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Films by Farhadi, Hermanus and Chadwick among winners at South Africa-based film festival.

Asgher Farhadi's acclaimed drama A Separation has won the Best Feature Film award at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (July 21-31).

The film was lauded by the jury as a "masterpiece" with "astonishing performances from the ensemble cast" and received the festival's top cash prize of R50,000 ($7,500).

Receiving a cash prize of R25 000 ($3,750), the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Oliver Hermanus' France-South Africa production Skoonheid.

The jury described Hermanus as being on a "remarkable trajectory", and praised the film's "subtlety, control and knowledge of film history" and its ability to "tell a complex South African story with universal appeal".

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award went to South African production Sobukwe, A Great Soul, directed by Mickey Madoda Dube and Best First Feature Film went to Matthew Gordon for The Dynamiter (USA). …

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