Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Great start to 2010 for South African film industry

Skin nominated for Best Foreign Film at the NAACP Awards

(With thanks to the National Film and Video Foundation)

Skin, a true-life story about South Africa¹s Sandra Laing has been nominated for Best Foreign Film award at the NAACP Image Awards, while Sophie Okonedo, who plays the role of Sandra Laing in the film, has been nominated for the Outstanding Actress award.

Celebrating outstanding achievements and performances of people of colour in the arts, and individuals and groups that promote social justice through their creative endevours, the NAACP Awards will be held on Friday 26 February 2010 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Skin follows Sandra¹s thirty-year old journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds. The film tells the story of Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo), a coloured woman born to white parents (Sam Neill, Alice Krige) who were unaware of their black ancestory. Though classified as white, Sandra struggles to be accepted by the white community.

Sandra ultimately falls in love with a black man and together they have two kids.

Skin is due for release in South Africa on Friday 22 January 2010. The film will be screened at the following cinemas: Cape Town - V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau and Cavendish Nouveau; Durban - Gateway Nouveau; Johannesburg - Bedford View Nouveau, Cedar Square Nouveau, East Rand Mall (Ster-Kinekor), Rosebank Nouveau, Maponya Mall (Ster-Kinekor), Westgate (Ster-Kinekor), and Pretoria - Brooklyn Nouveau, Wonderpark (Ster-Kinekor). For tickets visit www.sterkinekor.com during the week of release.

Skin had its World Premiere at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival in September 2008, and premiered to rave reviews in the United States late 2009. Since its international exhibitions Skin has won over 12 Festival awards including the Audience Award for Best Film at the Santa Barbara Film festival, Best Narrative and Best Jury Awards at the Pan African Film Festival, Audience Award at the Afrika Film Festival, Belgium , Audience Award at the AFI Dallas, Best Feature Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival 2009, and Circle Audience Award at the Film Fest DC - Washington DC.

Starring Award-winning Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge and Ella Ramangwane, Skin is produced by Anthony Fabian, Genevieve Hofmeyr and Margaret Matheson, and directed by Anthony Fabian. The film’s release in South Africa is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), The History Channel, Ster-Kinekor, United Independent Pictures (UIP), and Mail & Guardian.

For more information on Skin visit http://www.skinthemovie.net/

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