Five Fingers for Marseilles Oscar Qualifying Screening in Cape Town

21 September 2017


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‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley in Cape Town. This is to ensure that the film is eligible for submission for the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy stipulates that a film must play theatrically for seven consecutive days to qualify for entry.

The film is currently in official competition at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), on from 7 to 17 September, where it also had its world premiere. This is a massive achievement for a local film. TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting more than 480 000 people annually.

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ will be released in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. “This exceptional film is unique and different in the way it redefines the Western genre for a new age,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We encourage local audiences to catch it on the big screen while they can, and to play their part in getting it to the Oscars.”

Directed by Michael Matthews and written by Sean Drummond, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ is a predominantly Sesotho, Western-inspired tale of an outlaw who returns home after years on the run, and finds a chance for redemption.

“Though a deeply local film, the global attention for Five Fingers for Marseilles is due to a universal story executed at the highest levels,” says producer Asger Hussain. “A daring narrative like this is a rare combination of filmmakers, cast and crew coming together, working under gruelling conditions to bring to life a singular vision. We hope that this film will serve as future inspiration for what’s achievable in independent filmmaking.”

Watch the trailer here.