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MZANSI FILM STAYS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Local movie Felix is making Mzansi proud.

Felix-movie

It has been bagging awards since its release a few month ago.

So far the movie has won a total of five awards at different international film festivals.

Felix was written by Shirley Johnston and directed by Roberta Durrant.

The movie tells the story of 14-year-old Felix Xaba, played by Hlayani Mabasa, who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. But his mother Lindiwe, played by Isidingo’s Linda Sokhulu, thinks jazz is the devil’s music.

Durrant won two awards at the 31st International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino held in Pozna, Poland, recently.

Felix scooped the Marcinek award and the Jury award special mention for the best children’s feature film.

The movie’s producers, Penguin Films, said the film scooped the awards because it’s about perseverance in pursuing dreams and was deeply moving.

Felix made a huge impression on us and encourages us to develop our own passions.

“It is also full of cheerful music and intelligent humour,” said the producers.

They have previously won the Lucas award for best feature at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany and the Michel award for best children’s film at the Hamburg Filmfest.

Durrant has also scooped an award for best director at the Africa International Film Festival in Calabar, Nigeria.

Felix is still to be screened at the Vancouver South African Film Festival, the African Film Festival in New York and TIFF Kids in Toronto, Canada.

Due to public demand, the film will return to the Labia Theatre in Cape Town from 20 December.