Support of local content and films that display originality and creative ambition by the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) is showing visible results, with Michael Raeburn's Triomf being

Michael Raeburn's Triomf
selected for the FESPACO 2009 (the Pan-African Film & TV Festival) official competition.

FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival and one of its most important, was established in 1969 and showcases the latest releases in African cinema and television.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of FESPACO, which takes place from 28 February to 7 March 2009 in Burkina Faso. The theme for FESPACO 2009 is "African Cinema: Tourism and Cultural Heritage. The official competition is exclusively reserved for African and Diaspora Films in the genre of feature films, short films and documentaries.

With the diverse cultures in South Africa, Triomf was best seen to represent SA. The story of a dysfunctional family living in the poor white suburb of Triomf, built on the ruins of the black community of Sophiatown, just before South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, Triomf is at once horrendous and hilarious, or as one spectator put it, "a lekker, scary, funny movie!".

The film, which was awarded the coveted 'Best South African Film 2008' at the Durban International Film Festival, and which debuted internationally at Cannes Film Festival, received rave reviews at its gala screening in Johannesburg and will be released progressively throughout South Africa  from 20 February in selected Nu Metro and independent cinemas.

"Triomf is a pearl, and one of the most vibrant signs of the sort of films that can be made in South Africa today. At last a digital movie designed for the big screen, with well-constructed images, subtle colorization, individualistic framing and actors directed with a master's touch. The characters are as truculent as they are touching. The tension is constant from beginning to end. In this explosive spectacle, spectators are compelled to question their own impulses and uncontrolled emotions. By daring to make this film, Raeburn shatters the norms of South African cinema. People used to television will receive an electric shock". Triomf is the result of independent production that can regenerate the standard landscape of South African cinema." Michel Amarger - "RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL" and "MEDIAS FRANCE", Cannes Film Festival, May 2008