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DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2004-07-25)

After two weeks of feasting on a broad range of feature films, documentaries and short films at the Durban International Film Festival in June, representatives of the various judging panels announced the winners in a variety of categories.

High praise for the festival selection came from the international jury, which included Simon Field (ex-Rotterdam festival), Dorothee Wenner (Berlin festival), as well as respected South Africans Martin Botha, John Matshikiza and Teboho Mahlatsi.

Best Film was Let The Wind Blow directed by Partho Sen Gupta. Best Direction went to Andrey Zvyagintsev for The Return.

Directed by Ian Gabriel, Forgiveness was joint-winner of Best South African Feature Film. It also won The Audience Choice Best Film and Best Cinematography for Giullio Biccari.

The other joint winner of Best South African Feature Film was Wooden Camera directed by Ntshaveni wa Luruli.

Julie Bertuccelli and Bernard Renucci were awarded Best Screenplay for Since Otar Left.

Best Actor and Best Actress respectively went to Mehdi Morady for his performance In Abjad and jointly to Esther Gorintin, Nino Khomassouridze and Dinara Droukarova for their performances In Since Otar Left.

Best First Feature Film went to Triplets of Belleville directed by Sylvain Chomet. Best Documentary Film was won by The Five Obstructions directed by Lars Von Trier and Jorgen Leth with Best South African Documentary Film going to Project 10- Real Stories From A Free South Africa - Being Pavarotti directed By Odette Geldenhuys.

Best Short Film was Thief Of Baghdad directed by Diane Nerwan with the award for Best South African Short Film going to Ivory Mask directed by Lehlohonolo ‘Shaft” Moropane.

Distant directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan received a Special Mention.

In thanking sponsors and partners the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts Peter Rorvik said he was pleased with the success of this year’s event. “Numbers are still coming in but festival attendance is expected to be between 13,000 and 15,000,” he said. “The significantly expanded seminar and workshop programmes featuring local and international filmmakers drew attendance of over 900, sending a positive signal for skills development in the KZN film industry sector. Feedback from participants has been most encouraging.”




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