SA animated short up for an Oscar

A scene from the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, featuring the voice talents of Dominic West, Rose Leslie and Gemma Chan.

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BY BILLY SUTER 

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, an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of fairytales, will be shown at Johannesburg’s The Bioscope, in Maboneng, on February 16.

Menawhile, the 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.

These awardsrecognise 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.

Inxeba has earned 19 awards globally. It is an international co-production between South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and France, and was produced by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw of Urucu Media, directed by John Trengove and co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu.

It was co-produced by Batana Vundla of Cool Take Pictures with local support from the Department of Trade and Industry, M-Net, Indigenous Film Distribution and the National Film and Video Foundation.

A scene from the widely acclaimed Inxeba (The Wound).

The film, starring sNakhane, Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay, and marking the debut feature from director John Trengove, is a critically acclaimed drama exploring tradition and sexuality. It is set amid the Xhosa rites of passage into manhood.

The film, to be released in South Africa on February 2, is being distributed in locally by Indigenous Film Distribution.

Also on the Indigenous Films slate for the first quarter of the year is Loving Vincent, which has just been nominated for the Oscar in the category of Best Animated Feature, alongside Coco, The Breadwinner, Ferdinand and Boss Baby.

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live-action film with actors, and then hand-painted over, frame-by-frame, in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters alive through the medium of paint.

“We are delighted to be bring a groundbreaking film of this calibre to South African audiences,” says Helen Kuun, of Indigenous Film Distribution, which will release the film in South Africa on February 12.


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