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Fiela's Child

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The film is based on the beloved novel by Dalene Matthee.
Made by award-winning South African filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, whose feature debut, Sink, was awarded SAFTA for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Edit and Best Score at the 2017 the South African Film & Television Awards.
Winner of four awards including the Audience Favorite at the Silwerskerm Film Festival, South Africa
Most nominated film at the South African Film & Television Awards 2020, where it won SAFTA for Best Film and Best Screenplay.
The film played at 50 movie theaters in South Africa and Namibia.
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2019/ South Africa125 min/ Historical Drama
Original Title
Fiela Se Kind
SYNOPSIS
Southern Africa, 1880. A mixed-race woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs.
CAST
Zenobia Kloppers
Luca Bornman
Wayne Smith
Wayne van Rooyen
CREW
Screenwriter: Brett Michael Innes
DOP: Tom Marais
Editor: C.A. van Aswegen
Production Company(ies)
Nostalgia Productions
The Film Factory
Producer(s)
Brett Michael Innes
Danie Bester
film festivals
Silwerskerm Film Festival, South Africa
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Estonia
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
International Film Festival of India (IFFI), India
International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), India
Sedona Film Festival, USA
South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA), South Africa
film awards
Audience Favorite at the Silwerskerm Film Festival, South Africa
Audience Choice Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Estonia
Best Film and Best Screenplay at the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA), South Africa
Quotes
“There’s a distinctive magical feel about the cinematography…” Victor Fraga - Dirty Movies

“Tom Marais (Hunter Killer) moves his camera with such finesse, it almost feels as if you’re part of the Komoetie-family.” TheFlemishSeth - into:screens

“With the aid of cinematographer Tom Marais’s painterly compositions, Innes creates a strong visual contrast between the brightness of the plains of the Komoetie’s home and the gloom of the forest, between cleanliness and dirt, joy and misery.” Demetrios Matheou - Screen Daily