SA rom-com wins at US film festival

2013-03-05 16:55
Johannesburg - South African romantic comedy Fanie Fourie's Lobola won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, the film's director said on Tuesday.

"Audience awards are among the best harbingers of a film's success because they are decided on by regular cinema-goers," Henk Pretorius said in a statement.

He said they were an accurate reflection of the mood at the time and what people were enjoying.

The Sedona International Film Festival was held from 23 February to 3 March and included features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and foreign films.

This year the festival screened 145 films.

"To win the Audience Award for Best Comedy against the level of competition at Sedona is a huge accolade for Fanie Fourie's Lobola," the film's producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela said.

"This is a highly regarded festival and the audience award is widely recognised as one of the most important awards of any festival, because the winning film is selected by the audience attending the festival rather than by a few members of a festival jury," Samuels and Mandela said in a statement.

This was the second audience award the film had won.

It won the Jozi Film Festival Audience Award in February.

In the film an Afrikaans man and a Zulu woman fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola, or payment by a bridegroom's family - usually in cash or livestock - to the bride's family.

The film was released in South African cinemas over the past weekend and stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo as Dinky and Eduan van Jaarsveld as Fanie.


  • Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-03-05 18:45

    Miscegenation glorification, all the rage.

      Peter Beltingser - 2013-03-05 19:45

      Maybe in your head. It's been happening for ages all over the world, only in SA it's still "weird"

      Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-03-05 20:30

      If the destruction of two races with their own proud heritages is a matter of triviality to be commercialized and held as popular, then it happening all over the world may be a logical argument. When a herd is stampeding over a cliff the one running in the opposite direction must seem crazy to the rest.

      Emma Boesak - 2013-03-06 13:44

      Your bigoted comment belong to the racist apartheid era.

      Nicola Erasmus - 2013-03-07 12:03

      OMW! Please spare us your view point on evolution and homosexuality. On the brighter side, thanks for my new word of the day: Miscegenation. :D

  • Taylars Rikhotso - 2013-03-05 21:24

    This is a must "watch" movie. local is lekker!

  • Nonkululeko Pretty Duma - 2013-03-06 08:01

    WOw that is good news ever its nice Movie ever just love it Dinky Mangubane and Fanie.its lovely Romantic Commedy. money cant buy love

  • Osiris Fox - 2013-03-07 04:16

    Looks like an awesome flick.

  • Dave Motha - 2013-03-12 15:58

    Cant w8 2 get my hands on dis movie

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