Saturday, January 23, 2021

Latest Posts

Supta & Lady Zamar Join Forces For Dance Anthem ‘Haha’

She’s back at it again! It’s been a hot minute since local songstress Lady Zamar released new music but this week, she’s ready to...

Ami Faku And Emtee Join Forces To Remember Those We’ve Lost On New Ballad ‘Lala Ngoxolo’

Ami Faku has never been afraid to dig deep and express emotion through her music so it comes as no surprise that her new...

Saxby Twins Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone With New Single ‘Icon’

2020 was a big year for local pop duo the Saxby Twins. The 20-year-old duo made their debut on the local music scene last...

Black Coffee Clocks Over 100 Million Streams On His Upcoming Studio Album ‘Subconsciously’

Local DJ Black Coffee will be releasing his highly-anticipated studio ‘Subconsciously’ on 5 February 2020 but the track has already seen the release of...

‘Toorbos’ Picked By The NFVF As South Africa’s Official Entry To The 2021 Oscars

Exciting news! René van Rooyen’s just-released film ‘Toorbos’ has officially been selected as this year’s South African entry for the highly coveted Best International Feature Film Award for the 2021 Academy Awards. The film which is an adaptation of renowned writer Dalene Matthee’s 2003 best–selling novel of the same name, is currently on circuit in South African cinemas.

Competition was tough and the South African Academy Awards Selection Committee, comprising of professionals from various fields of the filmmaking value chain evaluated several diverse, rich, and unique submissions from the 2 – 5 of November 2020 at Nu Metro Cinemas across the country.

René’s film has seen great success at the Cape Town International Market and Film Festival, having won the award for ‘Work in Progress’ (WIP) programme. The film has also been selected or the Torino Film Festival in Italy, November 2020. It is only the third South African entry by a female director for the Academy Awards, since 1989.

“It is an honour for our entire team that our film has been selected to represent South Africa. Covid-19 has severely impacted our Arts in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. This is an amazing tribute and opportunity for our Local Film Industry.” says producer, Dries Scholtz.

Starring Elani Dekker in the lead, TOORBOS investigates the uprooting of a young forest woman during the time of the final forest dwellers of South Africa’s Knysna forest of the 1930’s. It tells a story between the intimate relationship of an initiated ‘forest woman’ and the heart of the forest and how it becomes an obstacle in her experience of the man she loves.

Director René van Rooyen explains how “Toorbos not only highlights the importance of finding the balance in the tug of war between the masculine and feminine, but also in the urgent need to heal our broken world, by reconnecting to nature. The submission gives the film spotlight in the global arena, an absolute dream come true for the project. We are truly humbled.”

The NFVF, as an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, to make submissions on behalf of the South African Film Industry.

“Toorbos’ success serves as great testament of this classic novel and our history as a country. Our filmmakers play a significant role in preserving our history and René has managed to capture Dalene Mathee’s novel immaculately. The story of TOORBOS is about a historical event in South Africa, which affected the last forest inhabitants of South Africa’s Knysna forest in the 1930s. We wish René and her team all the best as their film will be competing on global stages. South Africa is rooting for you,’’ said NFVF CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile.

Watch the trailer here:

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Posts

Supta & Lady Zamar Join Forces For Dance Anthem ‘Haha’

She’s back at it again! It’s been a hot minute since local songstress Lady Zamar released new music but this week, she’s ready to...

Ami Faku And Emtee Join Forces To Remember Those We’ve Lost On New Ballad ‘Lala Ngoxolo’

Ami Faku has never been afraid to dig deep and express emotion through her music so it comes as no surprise that her new...

Saxby Twins Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone With New Single ‘Icon’

2020 was a big year for local pop duo the Saxby Twins. The 20-year-old duo made their debut on the local music scene last...

Black Coffee Clocks Over 100 Million Streams On His Upcoming Studio Album ‘Subconsciously’

Local DJ Black Coffee will be releasing his highly-anticipated studio ‘Subconsciously’ on 5 February 2020 but the track has already seen the release of...

Don't Miss

2021 Grammy Awards Postponed To March Amid Covid-19 Concerns

The 2021 Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night, was set to take place on 31 January 2021, however, the award show has pushed out this...

Massive! Elaine’s ‘You’re The One’ Achieves 7x Platinum Status

Local R&B songstress Elaine has dominated streaming charts around the country with her smash hit ‘You’re The One’. In fact, the song, which featured...

Jeremy Loops On His Catchy New Single ‘Til I Found You’ And Directing It’s Striking Music Video

Local pop star Jeremy Loops continues to take the local music space by storm and his new single ‘Til I Found You’ is a...

Hulk Hogan On Being A WWE Legend, His Popularity On Instagram & Memories Of The Rock

Hulk Hogan is certainly one of, if not the biggest name in WWE history. This week, the WWE Legends Night takes place which will...

Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’ Video Hits 300 Million Views

In what was one of South Africa’s biggest success stories of 2020, Master KG and Nomcebo’s smash hit ‘Jerusalema’ continues to take the world...