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Durban Festival fosters ‘Child’

South Africal film fest honors Mendoza drama

JOHANNESBURG — Brillante Mendoza’s “Foster Child,” about a day in the life of a family preparing to say goodbye to the foster child they have raised, won the film award at the 29th Durban Intl. Film Festival on Sunday.

Best South African feature was “Triomf,” director Michael Raeburn’s story about a dysfunctional poor white Afrikaans family set against the backdrop of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

Other winners were:

First Feature Film: “Captain Abu Raed” (Jordan), directed by Amin Matalqa

Director: Lance Hammer for “Ballast” (U.S.)

Actress: Cherry Pie Picache in “Foster Child” (Philippines)

Actor: Hanno Koffler in “A Hero’s Welcome” (Germany) and Rapulana Seiphemo in “Jerusalema” (South Africa)

Cinematography: Shanker Raman for “Frozen” (India)

Screenplay: Singing Chen and Lou Yi-an for “God Man Dog” (Taiwan)

Documentary: “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” (U.S.), directed by Steven Sebring

South African Documentary: “50 Years! Of Love?” directed by Karin Slater.

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