5 Fingers for Marseilles and Nommer 37 attract international attention

The South African film production  landscape continues to set new standards with Five Fingers for Marseilles and  Nommer 37 attracting international acclaim.

This weekend saw the national release  of Cape Town based Michael Matthews’ Five Fingers for Marseilles. The action  packed thriller has attracted the attention of the United States with the film scheduled  to feature in New York and Los Angeles’ cinemas from 7 September, before moving  to an additional 15 American cities. Five Fingers for Marseilles has also secured  releases in Japan and Scandinavia with the production schedule to be available  on Amazon Prime, Amazons exclusive streaming video on demand service.

Dubbed as South Africa’s first  Western, the witty screenplay is acted out in Sesotho, with English subtitles  available for translation. The story revolves around a group of young men (the  ‘Five Fingers’) who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles, a town  in the Eastern Cape. After fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-‘outlaw’  Tau returns to Marseilles seeking a peaceful life. Upon return he finds out the  town is under a new threat, prompting him to reform the Five Fingers to take on  old allies and new enemies.

A particularly noteworthy performance  comes from Hamilton Dlamini, who is known for his role as Mnqobi Simelane in  the e.tv series Umlilo. Dlamini portrays a haunting character named Sepoko, the  cruel and volatile ringleader of a gang.

Other well known actors include Generations star, Vuyo Dabula, who successfully plays the part as the hero Tau.

Similarly, Nommer 37, written and  directed by local sensation, Nosipho Dumisa, celebrated its World Premiere last  month at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

The Crime Thriller takes its scene in  Cape Town’s Cape Flats with Irshaad Ally starring as Randall, a criminal  crippled by an injury sustained in a drug deal. Confined to his apartment and  wheelchair bound, Randall’s girlfriend Pam (played by local actress Monique  Rockman) gifts him a pair of binoculars. Intended to help Randall pass the  time, the binoculars become a pivotal tool in helping Randall hatch a plan to  come up with the money he desperately needs to pay back a vicious loan shark  named Emmie (Danny Ross).

A gripping narrative of desperation,  love and greed, Dumisa masterfully produces her own take on Alfred Hitchcock’s  1954 classic  Rear Window.

Wesgro’s Head of Film and Media Promotion, Monica Rorvik, commented: “It makes us proud that locally produced films are able to premier at leading festivals such as at Toronto’s TIFF  & Austin’s SXSW. This shows us that local creatives have earned  their rightful place on the global stage.”

Acknowledging the cinematic genius of  the two films, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “We celebrate these local masterpieces as they contribute to successfully positioning Cape Town and the Western Cape as the preferred destination for film production. We are proud of Capetonians Nosipho  Dumisa, who has emerged as one of our first female feature film directors from Cape Town, and Michael  Matthews for creating what is billed the first South African Western. Both cinematic productions skilfully comment  on current socio-political issues that plague our country. We congratulate Dumisa and Matthews on the production of two stellar productions.”

WESGRO Press release. 5 Fingers for Marseilles and Nommer 37 attract international attention

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