Cape Times

‘Two Hues’ SA film scoops fifth internatio­nal award

- STAFF WRITER

THE SOUTH African short film Two Hues has claimed its fifth internatio­nal award at the Wallachia Internatio­nal Film Festival in Romania.

Produced by Tribal Alchemy Production­s, Two Hues was one of 24 films which made it to the finals in the featurette category at this festival, being a film between 15 and 60 minutes long.

The festival is held annually in Wallachia and comprises about 400 films.

“I was surprised as there were many finalists,” said award-winning film-maker and performanc­e artist Weaam Williams.

Set in rural Romania, marketed as the land of Vlad Dracula, the festival showcases horror and fantasy films.

Two Hues, written by Williams, is a short, psychologi­cal drama about a bipolar woman with post-traumatic stress disorder, and her life navigating the patriarchy in her family and the workplace. It also explores the ambiguous identity of Muslim women living in a Western context, and is set in Cape Town.

“I honestly did not think Two Hues would win at Wallachia because the festival is quite niche, and because Two Hues is an English film.

“However, this award speaks to the universali­ty of the film and its ability to reach audiences and juries in different parts of the world. The proof of concept short has received wonderful acknowledg­ement from the independen­t film festival community and ought to give wings to the upcoming feature,” said Williams.

Two Hues will screen at its Middle Eastern Premiere next month in Kurdistan, Iraq at The Kurdish Internatio­nal Independen­t Film Festival.

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