South African Movie 'Moffie' Nominated For Venice Film Festival Award
Moffie, a new film by the South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus has been nominated for a Queer Lion Award at the forthcoming Venice International Film Festival.
The Queer Lion is the award given to the best film with LGBT cultures and queer themes among those presented at the festival.
Moffie will be competing against similar-themed films from the UK, Ireland, Chile, Argentina, Belgium, USA and France.
It was announced last month that Moffie would also have its World Premiere at the 76th Venice Film Festival which is set to start on 28 August.
This is Oliver's second film and the fourth South African film to receive an invitation to Venice in all the 76 years of the festival.
Hermanus' previous film The Endless River was the first SA film to compete for the Golden Lion award.
Oliver's other film Skoonheid (Beauty) took home the Queer Palm award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and his debut film Shirley Adams received a nomination for the Locarno International Film Festival's Golden Leopard award in 2009.
Moffie is based on the memoir written by Andre-Carl van der Merwe, and tells the tale of a conscript who joins South Africa's military service in 1981.
The movie features Kai Luke Brummer in his very first film lead performance as well as a colourful cast of sixteen young actors.