SA Films shine on global stage

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South Africa has scored an Oscar nomination at the 90th Academy Awards for the animation film Revolting Rhymes, produced by Triggerfish, which received a nomination in the category Best Animated Short Film. The film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of fairytales. The nominations in all 24 Oscar categories were announced in a live presentation which took place in Hollywood on 23 January. Johannesburg audiences will be able to see Revolting Rhymes at The Bioscope in Maboneng on 16 February.

In the same week controversial South African film Inxeba (The Wound), which made it to the Oscar shortlist after it was submitted in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, has been nominated for an award in the category of Outstanding Film – Limited Release, by the GLAAD Media Awards, which recognises fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. This is the first time that a foreign language film has received a nomination.

Six public screenings of Inxeba are being held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban on 24 January whereby local audiences will be given the opportunity to vote on whether it should have won an Oscar ®. To date Inxeba has earned 19 Best of Category Awards around the world.

The debut feature from director John Trengove, Inxeba is a critically acclaimed drama, which explores tradition and sexuality and is set amid the Xhosa rites of passage into manhood.

The film, which will be released countrywide on 2 February, is being distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

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