It has been almost three years since Treurgrond was released in South Africa in 2015. Yet still, the poignant drama continues to bring home accolades on an international level. Phoenix Films recently announce that Treurgrond has obtained five nominations from the Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, taking place from 12 to 14 August 2018.
Writer, Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo, has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay of a Foreign Language Film. Oscar-nominated director, Darrell Roodt, is nominated for Best Director of a Foreign Language Film. Actress, Jana Strydom is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Foreign Language Film and Director of Photography, Pierre Smith, is nominated for Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film. Treurgrond itself is up for Best Foreign Language Film.
This follows the film’s four nominations at the RapidLion Film Festival, South Africa in 2017, and its win of Best Feature Film at the Richard Harris International Film Festival, Ireland in 2016. In the same year Jana Strydom and Shaleen Surtie-Richards were nominated at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) for Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. The year also held a nomination from Huisgenoot Tempo for Best Film of the Year. Before that, Treurgrond was showcased at the 2015 Silwerskerm Film Festival.
Treurgrond tells the painful story of a farming community dealing with the numerous farm attacks confronting South African farmers almost every day. These gruesome acts not only affect the farmers and their families but the community and country as a whole. The film stars household names Steve Hofmeyr, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Jana Strydom, and Erica Wessels, as well as Boikie Pholo, Graeme Kriege, Richard Lunkunku, Barbara-Marié Immelman and André Frauenstein (Jr).
Treurgrond has also recently been sold to China through its international distributors Free Dolphin.