SA films draw attention at Toronto International Film Festival
Three South African films are on the line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which opened on Thursday and runs for 10 days. The festival showcases possible Oscar contenders and debuts the latest world cinema offerings. The South African products are set to be a solid showing from the country, which has been building up its presence at the festival over the years since it first started participating in the event, considered a gateway to the US film industry. Already drawing much buzz is Five Fingers for Marseilles, a western with a South African twist, from the film-making duo of director Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond. It’s a movie that’s been eight years in the making, and its moody, majestic trailer with snippets of Xhosa and Sotho has made it a hot ticket at this year’s festival.