The movie has won a joint audience award for Favourite World Feature at the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco.
The film is South Africa’s submission to the Oscars and the Oscar committee will see it this weekend.
The nominations will be announced in February.
Director Jann Turner said, “It’s very promising, we’ve just started our international campaign so to have an audience award at this stage really does bode well because it suggests people relate to the film and will go see it. It’s fantastic.”