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2013-06-11 09:37
Fanie Fourie's Lobola
Johannesburg - South African comedy Fanie Fourie's Lobola won Best Film at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Golden Space Needle Audience Awards on Sunday.

The festival, which kicked off on 16 May, featured over 447 films representing 85 countries, including 49 World, 48 North American, 17 US Premieres, and over 700 screenings. Additionally, SIFF brought in more than 400 filmmakers, actors and industry professionals.

Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch received the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director for his film Horses of God. James Cromwell received Best Actor for the film Still Mine (Canada) and Samantha Morton won Best Actress for her role in Decoding Annie Parker.

"Our most successful festival in the history of SIFF is ending on a high note and setting an exciting precedent for the future with Fanie Fourie's Lobola from our inaugural African Pictures programming taking home the top audience prize for best film with a Golden Space Needle Award," said SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola previously won audience awards at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, as well as the Jozi Film Festival, said producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela from Out of Africa Entertainment.

"We are very excited that it won this award at the Seattle International Film Festival, which is a high profile, big event. It is wonderful to see how our film has transcended cultural boundaries. We are so proud and honoured," added co-writer and producer Janine Eser.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola
, directed by Henk Pretorius, opened in South Africa on 1 March. The movie tells the tale of what happens when an Afrikaans guy (played by Eduan van Jaarsveld) and a Zulu girl (Zethu Dlomo) fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola.

The movie also stars Jerry Mofokeng, Marga van Rooy, Chris Chameleon, Lillian Dube, and Motlatsi Mafatshe.
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