Skoonheid director hopes to draw local audiences

Cape Town film director Oliver Hermanus says getting South Africans to the cinema to see his new film...

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Cape Town film director Oliver Hermanus says getting South Africans to the cinema to see his new film Skoonheid is more important than winning awards.

The 27-year-old won the Queer Palm Award at this year's Cannes Film festival - a first for an Afrikaans movie.

The film tells the story of a white Afrikaans man in his 40's coming to terms with his sexuality.

Hermanus says the awards are flattering, but he hopes people go out and see the movie.

"At the end of the day filmmaking is storytelling, and it's really frustrating if you're telling a story if no one is listening or watching," he explained. "So the priority for any filmmaker is to have people watching their work and them having something to say about it, whether they like it or don't like it."

Hermanus adds that the Afrikaans audience is often underestimated.

"The Afrikaans audience is a thriving South African audience and it's very important to create content for that audience. And I was happy to make the film in Afrikaans because it

maintained the authenticity of the character that I'd created," he said.