Adriano Visagie nominated for the Sotigui of Best Actor Southern Africa and for the Sotigui d’or, Burkina Faso!
The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) Trust is proud to announce the nomination of Actor Adriano Visagie for the Sotigui of Best Actor Southern Africa and for the Sotigui d’Or in Burkina Faso for his performance in ‘Salute!’.
The Academy of SOTIGUI works to recognise and valorise the profession of actors – actors of the African Cinema and the Diaspora. In partnership with the Panafrican Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the 4th edition of the SOTIGUI AWARDS will take place from 28 to 30 November 2019 under the theme “co-productions: major challenges for the development of African cinema”. The SOTIGUI AWARDS will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Canal Olympia Yennenga in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during which the nominee who is awarded by the Academy will receive a trophy.
Adriano is nominated alongside actress Kandyse Mc Clure, South Africa-born, Canadian-based, for her performance in ‘Sew the winter to my skin’ (it was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards) and Emmanuel Mbirimi from Zimbabwe for ‘the letter’.
‘This is an incredibly honour for us all’ says Philippe Talavera, director and producer of ‘Salute!’ ‘The FESPACO and the Sotigui Awards are much acclaimed institutions. Adriano Visagie, together with the rest of the cast, did a fantastic work with ‘Salute!’ and deserves such international recognition. It will open doors not only for him but for other actors in Namibia, as this is the first time a Namibian actor is nominated by the Academy.’ ‘Salute!’, despite being snubbed at the local Film and Theatre Awards, had already received international recognition when it was nominated as Best Film: Southern Africa at the AMVCA awards in Nigeria.
Upon receiving the news of the nomination a very emotional Adriano said that he was in awe and much humbled.