SkoonheidÂ (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 FranÃ§ois (played superbly by Deon Lotz),Â 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.