Local movie ‘Escape’ at European festival
5 October 2018
Highly publicised award-wining movie “Escape” yesterday got a slot at Gdynia Film Festival in Poland.
The Noir Fairytale movie initially premièred at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIIF) last year, earning nine nominations and finally winning two awards for Best Actor and Actress which went to Eddie Sandifolo and Nothando Nobengula.
The movie is a joint project between Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska of University of Bedfordshire in UK and award-wining producer Joe Njangu.
“Escape is being screened in the Polonica section which has only seven films, selected out of almost 100 submitted.
“For me it represents a continuing commitment to working in post-colonial collaborative contexts in Africa and elsewhere,” said Piotrowska.
Though having commercial ambitions, the film touches on important issues in Africa including child marriages, power and gender issues.
“Escape” was banned at a festival in Zanzibar for its mildly erotic content but won a big prize for its screenplay at the Los Angeles Neo Noir Film Festival.
It has also screened internationally at various conferences and is being distributed in Africa in cinemas, online platforms and DVDs.