‘King’ anointed at Cape Town fest

S. Korean period dramedy takes home feature honors

CAPE TOWN — South Korean period dramedy “King and the Clown” by Lee Joon-ik took home feature honors at the 3rd Cape Town World Cinema fest, which wrapped Tuesday.

“King and the Clown” scribes Choi Seok-hwan and Kim Tae-woong won for screenplay while Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom nabbed director honors for docudrama “The Road to Guantanamo.”

Actor nod went jointly to South African thesp Kagiso Lediga, for “Bunny Chow,” and Isaka Sawadogo, for “Sounds of Sand.” “Bunny Chow” helmer John Barker also won the Lionel Ngakane Award for most promising filmmaker.

Yailene Sierra scooped actress for her role in Havana-set  pic “Habana Blues.”

Charles Mensah from Gabon presided over the jury which included Egypt’s Jihan El-Tahri, Eriq Ebouaney from Cameroon, and South Africans David Kramer and Mary Watson.

This marked the inaugural year for the African Co-Production Forum, developed by the concurrent 10th Sithengi Film and Television Market with the Hubert Bals Fund and the Goteborg Film Fund, with the aim to find African projects to pitch at Rotterdam’s Cinemart next year.

New initiative awarded two travel grants to attend Cinemart, at the Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival. 

Grants went to helmer/producer Jide Bello for his project, “My Brother’s Sin,” and helmer Musekiwa Samuriwo for “Cup of Glory.”

The Sithengi Film and Television Market also hosted a celebrity roundtable that included Morgan Freeman, in town for his upcoming role in “Long Walk to Freedom,” where he will play former South African prexy Nelson Mandela.

Other participants included “Tsotsi” helmer Gavin Hood  and “Yesterday” star Leleti Khumalo, South African Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan, “Tsotsi” lead Presley Chuenyagae, thesp John Kani and “Cry Freedom” producer Anant Singh.

Eight-day fest and market closed Tuesday.

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