Videovision Entertainment’s live action remake of the hit Japanese anime movie, KITE received four SAFTA nominations in the 10th South African Film and Television Awards it was announced yesterday. The film received nominations for Best Achievement in Cinematography in Feature Film (Lance Gewer), Best Achievement in Costume Design in a Feature Film (Ruy Filipe), Best Achievement in Art / Production Design in a Feature Film (Willem Botha) and Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling in a Feature Film (Megan Tanner).
KITE, shot on location in Johannesburg, is directed by Ralph Ziman (Jerusalema) and stars Deon Lotz, Carl Beukes, Lionel Newton, Terence Bridgett, Zane Meas and Cleo Rinkwest alongside Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley and Callan McAuliffe.
Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa, a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker, and a mysterious friend from her past, she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.
Commenting on the nominations, producer, Anant Singh said, “We congratulate Lance, Ruy, Willie and Megan on their nominations which are truly well deserved. Together, they created the gritty look and feel of the film which gave the film context and authenticity. The nominations recognise the deep pool of technical prowess we have in the South African film industry.”
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