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DIFF WINNERS (article first published : 2006-07-17)

The 27th Durban International Film Festival Awards Night saw 18 prizes being awarded to a number of films from around the world. The main awards were in the form of bronze mythical sea-creatures handmade by innovative Durban artist Andries Botha, and set against bead embroidered citations created by the Zamukuziphilisa Community Project in Umlazi.

The Best Film prize went to the Iranian filmFull Or Empty directed by Abolfazl Jalili. The International Jury praised the film as a “complex and ironic metaphor for the universality of the struggle of a young teacher trying to survive and find his place in society.” Jalili was in attendance to collect the award which carries a cash prize of R30,000.

Best South African Film award went to Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, directed by Khalo Matabane. The jury described the film as “genuinely revolutionary on many levels, including a remarkable consideration for both style and content. It tackles many compelling and pertinent issues in a manner that is never judgemental and which broadens our experience of being human.” The award carries a cash prize of R20,000.

In a further demonstration of support for local film the Audience Choice prize went to the re-released Sarafina directed by Darrell James Roodt and starring Leleti Khumalo.

The full list of award-wnners are: Best Film - Full Or Empty (Iran) directed by Abolfazl Jalili; Best South African Feature Film - Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon directed by Khalo Matabane; Best First Feature Film - The Peter Pan Formula (Korea) directed by Cho Chang-ho; Best Direction - Zhang Lu for Grain In Ear (China/Korea); Best Actress - Liu Lianji in Grain In Ear (China/Korea); Best Actor - On Ju-wan in The Peter Pan Formula (Korea); Best Cinematography - Channa Deshapriya for The Forsaken Land (Sri Lanka/France), and Best Screenplay - Jafar Panahi and Shadmehr Rastin for Offside (Iran).

The Special Jury Prize went to Hidden (France/Austria/Germany/Italy) directed by Michael Haneke with Special Mention First Feature Film won by Pavee Lackeen (Ireland) by Perry Ogden. Sarafina (South Africa) directed by Darrell James Roodt won Audience Choice.

Other awards were: Best Documentary - Workingman’s Death (Austria) directed by Michael Glawogger; Special Mention Documentary - Murderball (USA) directed by Dana Adam Shapiro and Henry-Alex Rubin; Best South African Documentary - Angola – Saudades From The One Who Loves You directed by Richard Pakleppa and Best Short Film - The Grand Bazaar (Mozambique) directed by Licino Azevedo. The award for Best South African Short Film went to Ongeriewe directed by Robin Kleinsmidt.

The Monash University Best Newcomer Award (Short Films) was presented to Christopher Wessels for cinematography in Ongeriewe, The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award was won by My Country, My Country (USA) directed by Laura Poitras.




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