Film,  Miss N

The Beauty of Skoonheid

Oliver Hermanus, Deon Lotz

Skoonheid (Beauty) gave South Africans reason to take an extra special interest in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and vice versa, as director Oliver Hermanus presented the first Afrikaans film to be screened in the official selection of Un Certain Regard. Following his moving portrait of a mother’s love in Shirley Adams, Hermanus has shifted his focus to a man – both husband and father – as he examines the unravelling of his lead character François (played superbly by Deon Lotz), in this thought-provoking, lingering film.

The movie picked up the Queer Palm, following its debut at Cannes, and recently won Best South African Feature Film Award and the Jury Special Mention Prize at the Durban International Film Festival.

Skoonheid is currently on the SA cinema circuit. More details here.

One Comment


    In my opinion the film has been poorly directed, sadly the film made the international platform but with that great story line the finish was weak and disappointing .I was waiting on edge to see how Christian was coping . The film was doing injustice to beautiful Cape Town . I watched the movie on BBC and at no point did the director use the beautiful landscapes and beaches of Cape Town . Well done but a lot of missed opportunities .
    Regards Ralph Bouwers UK.

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