Director-writer Oliver Hermanus' Skoonheid (Beauty) has taken the second annual Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

The award recognizes one film for its contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.

In Hermanus' film, Francois (played by Deon Lotz), a forty-something South African married man with two daughters, is forced to confront his attraction to men when he becomes obsessed with 23-year-old Christian (Charlie Keegan), the son of a friend. (A trailer for the film is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

β€œIt's the story of a man who is of a different time and feels left out of the new South Africa,” Hermanus told Variety.

The feature is the sophomore effort of 27-year-old Hermanus. It competed in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar and made history as the first Afrikaans-language film to be included in the festival.

Cannes, whose 64th edition ran for 10 days in a town along the French Riviera, was the largest European film festival to lack a gay prize before the French directing team of Oliver Ducastel and Jacques Martineau introduced the Queer Palm last year. The Berlin Film Festival's annual Teddy Award first debuted in 1987, while the Queer Lion has been recognizing gay-themed films screened at the Venice Film Festival since 2007. The Queer Palm is an unofficial prize not connected to the festival.