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TRIOMF FOR DIFF (article first published : 2008-07-24)

Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from July 23 to August 3. Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world.

Michael Raeburn’s Triomf is creating a sensation wherever it’s screened and is sure to attract much interest at this year’s Durban International Film Festival. The festival screening follows a successful international debut at Cannes Film Festival in May this year, rave reviews from the screening at the National Arts Festival, and an exceptionally well-received gala screening in Johannesburg earlier this month, where it played to an audience of over 400 of the city’s who’s who.

The Gauteng gala and media screening was attended by almost the entire cast, including Lionel Newton, Vanessa Cooke, Obed Baloyi, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Paul Luckoff and Pam Andrews.

The story of a dysfunctional family living in the poor white suburb of Triomf, built on the ruins of the black community of Sophiatown, just before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, Triomf is at once horrendous and hilarious, or as one spectator put it, “a lekker, scary, funny movie!”. The scenario of Triomf, written by Michael Raeburn and Malcolm Kohll, is adapted from the novel of the same name by Marlene van Niekerk (Noma Award for African Literature, 1995). Commenting on the film to Raeburn, Van Niekerk said: “I congratulate you on a very interesting and also extremely funny movie! Please congratulate the actors on my behalf, after all your struggles and hard work you can be proud of a very satisfying result.”

The Gauteng gala screening was hosted by the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), which is playing an increasingly important role in supporting local content and films.

“Our involvement with Triomf, as well as other projects such as Tendeka Matatu’s Jerusalema, is indicative of our growing support to local feature films,” comments Terry Tselane, Chief Executive of the GFC. “It reflects our strategy of identifying and proactively seeking to be involved in projects that display originality, diversity and creative ambition.”

Triomf will be screened on July 25 at Suncoast Numetro and on July 27 at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Full festival details can also be found on www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or by calling 031 260 2506 or 031 260 1650.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) the Durban International Film Festival is funded by National Film & Video Foundation, SABC, HIVOS, Royal Netherlands Embassy, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Stichting Doen, the German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institute of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, and the City of Durban, with valued support from a range of other partners.




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