Faan se Trein (Faan’s Train), the new Afrikaans-language film that started
screening nationwide in South Africa on Friday 24 January, has already earned
R1.4m at the local box office.
According to Ster-Kinekor Entertainment, approximately 32,000 people went to
see the movie over the weekend.
The film overshadowed other new releases The Book Thief, Grudge Match and
Paranomral Activity: The Marked Ones.
Faan se Trein opened at number two on the Top 10, following hot on the heels
of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Oscar nominees Leonardo
DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
Says Helena Spring about the movie’s impressive start at the box office, “It is a
truly universal story and I believe that is why audiences are supporting the film.’
The film received nine festival awards at the 2013 kykNET Silwerskermfees,
including Best Picture and the Best Actor award for Willie Esterhuizen in the title
Faan se Trein also stars among others Marius Weyers, Cobus Rossouw, Deon
Lotz, Anel Alexander, Nicola Hanekom and Sandra Kotze.