SA film Revolting Rhymes scores Oscar nomination

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JOHANNESBURG, January 23 (ANA) – South Africa has on Tuesday, scored an Oscar nomination at the 90th Academy Awards for the animation film ‘Revolting Rhymes’, produced by Triggerfish, which received a nomination in the category Best Animated Short Film.

The film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of fairytales. The nominations in all 24 Oscar categories were announced in a live presentation which took place in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Johannesburg audiences will be able to see Revolting Rhymes at The Bioscope in Maboneng on February 16.

The controversial South African film ‘Inxeba’ (‘The Wound’), which made it to the Oscar shortlist after it was submitted in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, was nominated for an award in the category of Outstanding Film – Limited Release, by the GLAAD Media Awards, which recognises fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.

This is the first time that a foreign language film has received a nomination.

Six public screenings of ‘Inxeba’ will be held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban on Wednesday, where local audiences will be given the opportunity to vote on whether it should have won an Oscar.

To date ‘Inxeba’ has earned 19 Best of Category Awards around the world.

‘Inxeba’ is an international co-production between South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and France, and was produced by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw of Urucu Media, directed by John Trengove and co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu.

‘Inxeba’ is a critically acclaimed drama, which explores tradition and sexuality and is set amid the Xhosa rites of passage into manhood.

The film, which will be released countrywide on February 2, is being distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

“We are exceptionally proud of ‘Inxeba’ and the impressive journey it has been on, winning 19 global awards since it first appeared at Sundance last year January.”

Also on the Indigenous Films slate for the first quarter of the year is ‘Loving Vincent’, which has just been nominated for the Oscar in the category of Best Animated Feature, alongside ‘Coco’, ‘The Breadwinner’, ‘Ferdinand’ and ‘Boss Baby’.

“We are delighted to bring a ground-breaking film of this calibre to South African audiences,” said Helen Kuun, of Indigenous Film Distribution whom will be releasing the film in South Africa on February 23.

– African News Agency (ANA)