ACPCultures+ supported movie Lonbraz Kann by David Constantin wins Best Screenplay Award at DIFF 2015. For the first time the ACPCultures+ Programme has been partner of the festival

 

ACPCultures+ supported movie Lonbraz Kann by David Constantin wins Best Screenplay Award at DIFF 2015. For the first time the ACPCultures+ Programme has been partner of the festival

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its award-winners on 26 July at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 36th edition at the Suncoast Cinecentre. The festival closed officially after a successful ten days of 255 screenings at 13 venues around the City of Durban, with many sold out houses.

Sabrina Compeyron and David Constantin won the Best Screenplay Award for “craftily tracking the age-old struggle between capital and labour spanning the end of industry and the disenfranchisement of a society” in Sugar Cane Shadows (Lonbraz Kann) directed by David Constantin. The movie has been supported by ACPCultures+ and the director has been invited by the Programme to Durban in the framework of a partnership with the Festival.

“This is an interesting melting pot of films and professionals from all backgrounds, English, Portuguese, French ... it remains for me one of the most important appointment of African cinema, particularly with its market”, declared Constantin to ACPCultures+. Presenting Lonbraz Kann in Durban for me was of particular importance. The history of migration and the development of sugar cane in Durban is strongly connected to what happened in Mauritius. We had long interesting exchanges with the audience after each screening where these similarities have been highlighted.

As for the price, it's obviously very important. This is a price that recognises a work that is fundamental in the development of a film and that often goes a bit unnoticed. We spent considerable time with Sabrina Compeyron, the co-screenwriter, on the characters, on the narrative construction on its dialectic etc. Sabrina was an important part of the project not only at the level of writing but also in all phases of the project, being a permanent support. I am therefore very pleased that this work is recognized and also that through this award is recalled that Mauritius, even if it is very Indian in its culture, is also part of Africa! This is a reality we have a tendency to forget!” he concluded.

The award for the Best Feature Film went to Sunrise directed by Partho Sen-Gupta.

To see the others awards, click here.

July 27, 2015
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