Locally produced Western film Five Fingers for Marseilles will officially be competing at the Toronto Film Festival later this year.
The festival will also serve as the world premiere of the film which tells the story of Five Fingers who, 20 year ago fought against police oppression before fleeing the rural Eastern Cape town of Marseilles. Now the freedom fighter is back to face a new threat.
If that that wasn’t enough to pique your interest check out the trailer below.
The film was directed by Michael Matthews and written by Sean Drummond and is predominantly Sesotho.
Vuyo Dabula who has appeared in Generations and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom heads up the cast with Mduduzi Mabaso (Hotel Rwanda, Rhythm City, Blood Diamond) joining him.
The film will also introduce a few new faces to the silver screen including Toka Mtabane, Vuyo Novokoza and Abongile Sithole. A number of folks from Eastern Cape communities will also appear in the film.
The Toronto Film Festival will run from 7th to 17th September. “The film is a perfect fit for the much-respected festival’s independent spirit,” chief executive officer of Indigenous Film Distribution Helen Kuun told Channel24.
Any way you slice it Five Fingers for Marseilles looks good and we’re extremely glad that more people outside of the country get to see what South African filmmakers are capable of.
Congratulations to the folks involved in Five Fingers for Marseilles and good luck in Canada!