SAFTA Winners in the 2020 Film Category

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic in 2020, the South African Film and TV Awards were given out virtually – The following are the winners in the Film Category. The SAFTA Awards are usually held in March every year in either Johannesburg or Sun City.

South African Film and TV Winners 2020 – Film Category:

Best Film: Fiela se Kind

Best Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka – Knuckle City

Best Actor: Bongile Mantsai – Knuckle City

Best Actress: Clementine Mosimane – Poppie Nongena

Best Supporting Actress: Anna-Mart van der Merwe – Poppie Nongena

Best Supporting Actor: Patrick Ndlovu – Knuckle City

Best Costume Design: Trudi Mantzios – Back of the Moon

Best Cinematography – Willie Nel – Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer

Best Original Score – Chris Letcher – Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer

Best Script – Brett Michael Innes – Fiela se Kind

SAFTA Winners in the 2018 Film Category

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’S) were held from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2018 at Sun City Resort and Casino in the North West Province, South Africa

Best Film: – The Wound

Best Director: John Trengrove for The Wound

Best Actor – Feature Film:
Nakhane Touré – The Wound

Best Actress – Feature Film
Crystal-Donna Roberts – Krotoa

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Bongile Mantsai  – The Wound

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Nomonde Mbusi – VAYA

SAFTA Winners in the 2017 Film Category

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’S) were held on March 2017 at Suncity Resort and Casino in the North West Province, South Africa

Best Film: – Sink

Best Director: Oliver Schmitz for Shepherds and Butchers starring Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough, Deon Lotz and Marcel van Heerden

Best Actor – Feature Film
Dann-Jaques Mouton – Noem my Skollie

Best Actress – Feature Film
Shoki Mokgape – Sink

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Abdurahgmaan Adams – Noem my Skollie

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Hlubi Mboya – Dora’s Peace

Best Original Screenplay: Brett Michael Innes and Nicholas Costaras – Sink

2020 Berlin Film Festival Winners

The 70th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 20th February to the 1st March 2020

The Berlin International Film Festival known as the Berlinale takes places annually in February and is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Golden Bear for Best Film:  There is no Evil directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

Silver Bear for Best Director:  Hong Sang Soo – The Woman Who Ran

Silver Bear for Best Actor:  Elio Germano – Hidden Away

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Paula Beer – Undine

Silver Bear for Best Script: Bad Tales by the D’Innocenzo Brothers

2019 Berlin Film Festival Winners

The 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 7th to the 17th February, 2019

The Berlin International Film Festival known as the Berlinale takes places annually in February and is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Golden Bear for Best Film:  Synonyms directed by Nadav Lapid

Silver Bear for Best Director:  Angela Schanelec – I was at Home, But

 Silver Bear for Best Actor:   Wang Jingchun for So Long, My Son

Silver Bear for Best Actress:   Yong Mei for So Long, My Son

Silver Bear for Best Script: Maurizio Braucci, Claudio Giovannessi for Piranhas starring Francesco di Napoli, Viviana Aprea and Alfredo Turitto

2018 Berlin Film Festival Winners

The 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 15th to the 25th February, 2018

The Berlin International Film Festival known as the Berlinale takes places annually in February and is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Golden Bear for Best Film:  Touch Me Not – directed by Adina Pintilie

Silver Bear for Best Director: Wes Anderson – Isle of Dogs  – starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham and Liev Schreiber

Silver Bear for Best Actor:   Cedric Kahn – The Prayer

Silver Bear for Best Actress:   Ana Brun – The Heiress

Silver Bear for Best Script: Alonso Ruizpalacios – Museo starring Gael Garcia Bernal

2019 Cannes Film Festival Winners

Palm d’Or:  Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho

Best Director:  Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes for Young Ahmed

Best Actor:   Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Best Actress:  Emily Beecham – Little Joe

Best Screenplay:   Celine Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2018 Cannes Film Festival Winners

Palm d’Or:  Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Best Director:  Paweł Pawlikowski for Cold War

Best Actor:   Marcello Fonte for Dogman

Best Actress:  Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka

Best Screenplay:   Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar for 3 Faces &   Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazzaro

73rd BAFTA Awards

THE  73rd BAFTA AWARDS /

THE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS

Took place on Sunday 2nd February 2020 in London

at the Royal Albert Hall

BAFTA Winners in the Film Category:

Best Film: 1917

Best Director: Sam Mendes

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Best British Film: 1917

Best Original Screenplay: Han Jan-Win – Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi – JoJo Rabbit

Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran – Little Women

Best Visual Effects: 1917

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho   

Rising Star Award: Michael Ward

Kings of the Jungle

The Gentlemen

Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Jeremy Strong, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Eddie Marsan, Samuel West, Geraldine Somerville

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) plays entrepreneurial American gangster Mickey Pearson as he takes on British society along with his right hand man Ray wonderfully played by King Arthur star Charlie Hunnam is the new Guy Ritchie action film The Gentlemen which is definitely aimed at the British blokes.

Complete with foul language and an array of fascinating and dubious characters from the Jewish Billionaire Matthew played by Jeremy Strong, the Cockney Cleopatra played against type by Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Chinese mafia heavyweight Dry Eye played by Henry Golding (Crazy, Rich Asians), The Gentlemen skilfully navigates a web of intrigue as Pearson tries desperately to outwit these bunch of fellow gangsters.

All masterfully told with a kind of camp gossip by the sleazy journalist Fletcher also beautifully played against type by Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins, Maurice, The Man From Uncle). Guy Ritchie directs this convoluted storyline in his usual retro-editing fashion and self-reflexive style which has become his cinematic trademark.

Thankfully, Ritchie has returned from his brief sojourn directing the Disney classic Aladdin is quite at home the genre of the British gangster flick which is synonymous with his name.

Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Widows, Roman J. Israel, Esq.) makes a brief but relevant appearance as Coach as he mentors a group of housing estate hoodlums which inadvertently work for Mickey Pearson and magically trick various opponents out of the highly coveted stash of weed, which the crime boss is so cleverly concealing on British country estates. Between the Jewish Billionaire, Dry Eye and Pearson, all of them are vying for the title of King of the Jungle.

From hoodies to cultured lords, The Gentleman is a masterful and clever story, told with dexterity by Guy Ritchie while showcasing the full diversity of London as the multi-cultural British capital city.

Samuel West (The Darkest Hour, Howard’s End, On Chesil Beach) makes a brief appearance as Lord Pressfield whose daughter has got caught up with a bunch of junkies.  

Director Guy Ritchie makes a play on all the connotations of what a Gentleman is meant to be: noble, kind, loyal as he names this violent, foul-mouthed and exciting gangster flick The Gentlemen which is not surprising from a creator of such films as Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

If viewers are looking for a brilliant British gangster flick, then look no further than The Gentlemen which gets a film rating of 8 out of 10. It’s a twisty, violent and flamboyant gangster film featuring an array of super cool characters and crackling dialogue.

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