Cherry Pie Picache was named Best Actress for the movie Kaleldo (international title: Summer Heat) in a film festival that took place in South Africa last weekend.
The awards night for the 28th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) took place at NuMetro Cinecentre at Suncoast last Saturday, June 30. A total of 18 prizes—Best Feature Film, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best First Feature Film—were given out that night. The winners were given traditional Zulu dolls as awards.
Cherry Pie played the role of a lesbian named Jess in the family drama produced and directed by Brillante Mendoza for Centerstage Productions.
The DIFF, which took place from June 20 to July 1, had 23 feature films competing for the main prizes awarded by an international jury.
According to www.filmmaker.co.za, the award-winners include:
Best Film: Ezra (France/Nigeria/Austria) directed by Newton Aduaka
Best South African Feature Film: Heartlines, directed by Angus Gibson
Best First Feature Film: shared by The Unpolished (Germany), directed by Pia Marais and The Unforgiven (Korea), directed by Yoon Jong-bin
Best Direction: Jia Zhang-Ke for Still Life (Hong Kong/China)
Best Actress: Cherry Pie Picache in Summer Heat (Philippines)
Best Actor: Emir Hadzihafisbegovic in Armin (Croatia/Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Best Cinematography: Christophe Lanzenberg for The Sensation Of Sight (USA)
Best Screenplay: Gal Uchovsky and Eytan Fox for The Bubble (Israel)
Special Mention Jury Prize: Meisie (South Africa), directed by Darrell James Roodt
Best Documentary: Cats of Mirikitani (USA) directed by Linda Hattendorf
Special Mention Documentary: Nomadak Tx (Spain), directed by Raul de la Fuente, Pablo Iraburu, Harkaitz Mtnez. de San