Star treatment for SA networking event in Cannes


The stars of the upcomingWinnie movie, Terrence Howard and Jeniffer Hudson, attended the South African networking party held on Saturday 16 May at the Cannes Film Festival.

Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson play the roles of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the filmWinnie which which goes into production in South Africa on 31 May. During his speech Howard said he felt very honoured to play the role of Mandela. The film was launched earlier the same day to international media attending the Cannes festival.

The networking event was also graced by South African actors Lerato Moloi (Home Affairs), Khomotso Manyaka and Harriet Manamela. The three appear in Life Above All produced and directed by Oliver Schmitz.

Life Above All, which was screened at the festival on Tuesday 19 May, is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community.

The networking event venue looked proudly South African, with SA flags, protea flowers, vuvuselas and SA cushions filling the room. All waiters were dressed in Bafana Bafana T-shirts. Guests at the party were treated to South African food, wine and music by South African DJ Switch.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in association with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), International Marketing Council (IMC) and Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) are the official hosts of the South African pavilion at the Cannes International Film festival.


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