First official Franco-South African co-production selected for Cannes
Skoonheid (beauty) will compete at the 64th Cannes Film Festival as the first Afrikaans language film in the awards history and only the fifth from South Africa in addition to being the first offering as part of the South Africa-France co-production treaty, signed at the 2010 Cannes Festival. Award winning director Oliver Hermanus, who this year served as curator of the Festival du Film Français in South Africa, directed the film.
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Skoonheid is Hermanus’ second film and the creative team behind it represents a catalogue of young South African talent. The film tells the story of Francois van Heerden, a middle aged Afrikaans family man from Bloemfontein. Hermanus wrote the screenplay for Skoonheid while attending the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation in Paris from October 2009 to February 2010.
Every year the French Embassy and IFAS support invitations of South African professionals to attend the Cannes Film festival. Hermanus was invited last year. In 2011 we will be inviting Peter Rorvik and Nashen Moodley, director and programme manager of the Durban International Film festival. In addition, Steven Markovitz, producer (Big World Cinema) has been co-invited with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) to attend the Producers’ Network. Darryl Els (The Bioscope Independent Cinema) is invited as a new member of CICAE to be part of the jury of Director’s Fortnight, and Luke Rous, producer of a short film "Valentown" produced within the 48hour film project, and selected to be shown at the Short Film Corner.
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- Oliver Hermanus