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LUCIO FULCI AWARD -
Rome Fanta Fest
NEWS RELEASE June 25, 2001

PURE BLOOD, Ken Kaplan's debut feature film has won the Lucio Fulci Award at the 21st Rome Fanta Festival (June 16 - 20).

The award for BEST FIRST FILM BY A DIRECTOR was presented by this year's Jury to Ken Kaplan for PURE BLOOD at an award ceremony held at Rome's famous Cine Citta Studios.

About the Production:

Described as a "political horror film", PURE BLOOD received attention last month in a special screening at London's National Film Theatre where is was presented in a program of new South African cinema.

PURE BLOOD is the first South African financed feature film to come out of the Government's Department of Arts & Culture and the National Film & Video Foundation, a statuory body created following the country's democratic elections to promote and develop a new cinema culture. Matching finance was provided by Anant Singh, a leading independent producer, responsible for SARAFINA (starring Whoopi Goldberg) and CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (starring James Earl Jones & Richard Harris). Additonal funds was rasied by Revolution Pictures based in Johannesburg.

About the Director:

Ken Kaplan has made himself a name in South Africa as a filmmaker who confronts the current issues of his country. He has received wide critical acclaim for his documentaries and short dramas. He attended New York University's Graduate Film Program where he received the Paulette Godard Scholarship. His award winning short dramas include, "The Hidden Farms" (1986), "The Burden" (1988), "The Children & I" (1993).

Synopsis of PURE BLOOD:

When a young cop, Fanus, has his blood tested to advance his career in the police, he unwittingly unleashes an old family curse that threatens to consume his soul. Poisoned cakes, dead generals, and a brother motivated by revenge all conspire to push Fanus over the edge as he battles to save his girlfriend and defeat the Generals, who believe that he alone carries the last drop of pure blood that they require to regain their power over the country.

Visit the website : bioskope.pty-ltd.net for Press Kit and Photographs.
For further information:
Kenneth Kaplan 083 453-5521 or bioskope@icon.co.za


PRESS RELEASE FROM DISTANT HORIZON FILMS

DISTANT HORIZON FILMS SHINE IN ROME:

President of Distant Horizon, Anant Singh announced today that the films Versus and Pure Blood which were recently acquired by the company won awards at the 21st FantaFestival which was held in Rome between June 16 and 20. Ryuhei Kitamura, won the Best Director Award for Versus while Pure Blood won the Best First Film Award. The Awards were presented at a ceremony at Rome's legendary Cine Citta Studios.

Versus, from Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura, which was inspired by samurai films and the gunplay of Tarantino and Leone, propels sci-fi horror action to another level as it captures audiences with incredible graphics and imagery. The film follows the path of an evil criminal after he escapes from a high security prison begins a trail of violent battles that spell doom for all those in his path. Versus is filled with gun fights, kung-fu, stunts and delivers non-stop action.

Versus was produced by the Tokyo based Napalm Films with Keishiro Shin as producer and was written by Ryuhei Kitamura and Yudai Yamaguchi. Fusion International Sales is the international sales agent.

Pure Blood, from debut director Kenneth Kaplan, is described as a "political horror film". It received attention last month at a special screening at London's National Film Theatre where is was presented in a program of new South African cinema. The film centres on a young cop, Fanus, who has his blood tested to advance his career in the police. He unwittingly unleashes an old family curse that threatens to consume his soul. Poisoned cakes, dead generals, and a brother motivated by revenge all conspire to push Fanus over the edge as he battles to save his girlfriend and defeat the Generals, who believe that he alone carries the last drop of pure blood that they require to regain their power over the country.

Pure Blood is the first feature film financed by the National Film & Video Foundation, a statutory body created under the auspices of the South African Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Matching finance was provided by Singh's South African company, Videovision Entertainment with additional funding raised from the Johannesburg based Revolution Pictures.

"We are delighted that both Versus and Pure Blood received awards at the FantaFilm Festival," said Distant Horizon President, Anant Singh. "The awards of Best Director and Best First Film are testimonies to the talent of the directors. Both the films are revolutionary in their own right as Kitamura and Kaplan have innovative styles that make their films unique.

" Distant Horizon is active in both the Asian and South African film industries with longstanding associations in both regions. Distant Horizon has collaborated on a number of Asian film projects with China Star Entertainment, including the Jackie Chan titles, Twin Dragons and Police Story 1 and 2 as well as Black Mask and Tsui Hark's forthcoming film, The Legend of Zu starring Zhang Zi Yi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and with choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix I & II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Distant Horizon also has strong links with Anant Singh's South African company, Videovision Entertainment. This association has seen the production of a number of films including Sarafina! (Whoopi Goldberg), Cry, The Beloved Country (James Earl Jones, Richard Harris and Charles Dutton), Bravo Two Zero (Sean Bean) and the recent Universal Focus release, The Long Run (Armin Mueller-Stahl)..

Visit the website : bioskope.pty-ltd.net for Press Kit and Photographs.

For further information:
Kenneth Kaplan 083 453-5521 or bioskope@icon.co.za

 

 

 

 

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