The much-anticipated local film ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ is set to have its world premiere next month.
The film – a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape – will be in the official competition at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The movie features a star-studded cast of Vuyo Dabula, Mduduzi Mabaso, Warren Masemola Hamilton Dlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo and Jerry Mofokeng.
Directed by Michael Matthews and written by Sean Drummond, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ is a predominantly Sesotho Western-inspired tale.
“A major motion picture of this scale, complexity and intent has never before been made in South Africa,” says producer Asger Hussain.
“It’s the most complex, daring and ambitious undertaking that the local film industry has seen in a very long time. We are extremely excited to have a film of this nature in competition at TIFF.
“Compared to Berlin, Cannes and even Sundance, Toronto is the one festival that has been known to pick both major crowd pleasers and award winners, including favourites like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Precious’, and ‘The King’s Speech’.”
The film tells the story of how, 20 years ago, the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau (Dabula) returns, seeking peace. Finding the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it.
Below are some major international films set to premiere at TIFF:
‘The Shape of Water’ directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Octavia Spencer.
‘Mother’ directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
‘Molly’s Game’ directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain.