Losing Lerato bags 6 coveted global awards
Losing Lerato has scooped six awards at the Idyllwild Film Awards (IIFC 2020) in California, US.
Kagiso Modupe’s debut film premiered in September on South African cinemas, hit the number one spot in around major theatres in the first week of its official release and grossing over R4.1 million in five weeks. This was a first for an independent film production in the country.
Sharing the exciting news on Twitter, Modupe – who doubles as the executive producer and lead actor – shared the prestigious awards, accompanied by a list of accolades his film has received which include his daughter Tshimollo Modupe who bagged the Best Child Performance.
Other awards included Modupe winning Best Actor Feature, while Samela Tyelbooi won Best Actress Feature.
The film also won the coveted Golden Era Humanitarian Narrative Award, Best Original Score composed by local musician Brian Temba and Festival Favourite.
Best Actor Feature – Kagiso Modupe
· Best Actress Feature – Samela Tyelbooi
· Best Child Performance – Tshimollo Modupe
· Golden Era Humanitarian Narrative Award– Losing Lerato
· Best Original Score – Losing Lerato @briantemba
· Festival Favourite – Losing Lerato pic.twitter.com/cicM6APEEM
— Kagiso Modupe (@KagisoModupe) March 16, 2020
“Losing Lerato” tells a painful story of a successful young father who, after losing everything, takes matters into his own hands to get back the one thing that matters to him most, his daughter.
In a desperate attempt to gain access to his daughter, Thami kidnaps Lerato from school, hoping to flee by bus. Thami’s actions put his life, Lerato’s and their fellow passengers in danger and leads to a high-stakes hostage situation on the bus.
Modupe plays Thami alongside his own daughter Tshimollo Modupe (the newcomer who steals the show).
“Working with my daughter is something that we spoken about for three and a half years, so for is a dream come true to work together,” Modupe previously told IOL.
The cast arrived in the country on Tuesday and is under self quarantine due to the ongoing coronavirus.
— Kagiso Modupe (@KagisoModupe) March 15, 2020
The local star also shared some of the memorable moments at the festival, including the audience reaction after the screening.