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01 August 2011

DIFF 2011 Award Winners

Press Release

Award-winners at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival

The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film on Satruday night (30 July 2011)

Winner of the Best Feature Film award, ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, was lauded by the International Jury as a “masterpiece” with “astonishing performances from the ensemble cast”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000.

Receiving a cash prize of R25 000, the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to ‘Skoonheid’ (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus. The jury commended the film as revealing a director on a “remarkable trajectory”, praising the film’s “subtlety, control and knowledge of film history” and one which “tells a complex South African story with universal appeal”.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, with a prize of € 2,500, went to ‘Sobukwe, A Great Soul’ (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube.

A R20 000 prize for Best First Feature Film was awarded to Matthew Gordon for ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA).

The full list of awards are:

· Best Film: ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi

· Best South African Feature: ‘Skoonheid’ (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

· Best First Feature: ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA), directed by Matthew Gordon

· Best Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev for ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Actress: Nadezhda Markina in ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Actor: William Patrick Ruffin in ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA)

· Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran)

· Special Mention Feature Film: ‘Skoonheid’ (South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

· Special Mention South African Feature Film: ‘Eldorado’ (South Africa), directed by Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris

· Best Documentary: ‘Position Among the Stars’ (Stand van de Sterren) (The Netherlands), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

· Best South African Documentary: ‘Dear Mandela' (South Africa/USA), directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza

· Best Short Film: ‘Dirty Laundry’ (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

· Best South African Short Film: ‘Dirty Laundry’ (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

· Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: ‘Sobukwe, A Great Soul’ (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube

· DIFF Wavescape Surf Film Festival Audience Award: ‘A Deeper Shade Of Blue’ (Australia) directed by Jack McCoy

· DIFF Documentary Audience Award: ‘Fire in Babylon’ (United Kingdom), directed by Stevan Riley

· DIFF Feature Film Audience Award: ‘The First Grader’ (Kenya,United Kingdom,South Africa), directed by Justin Chadwick

Sunday (31 July 2011) was the last day of the festival with film screenings at NuMetro CineCentre (Suncoast), Ster-Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Noveau Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (KwaMashu), and the Royal Hotel.

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival was organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy of South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.

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