FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES
South Africa; 2017; 120 min; Xhosa and Southern Sotho language with English subtitles
Wednesday, July 11 at 15.00h CULTURE HOUSE CINEMA
Directed by: Michael Matthews
Written by: Sean Drummond
Cinematography by: Shaun Lee
Music by: James Matthes
Cast: Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo
Produced by: Asger Hussain, Yaron Schwartzman, Sean Drummond, Michael Matthews
Production Companies: The Be Phat Motel Film Company, Game 7 Films
During Apartheid, Railway is a ghetto of the town of Marseilles, terrorized by the police. Tau is the leader of a group of children called the Five Fingers. When he kills two policemen, he has to run away. Twenty years later, he returns home. At first glance the town seems peaceful, but soon enough Tau will be forced to fight again.
Fans of western are in for a tremendous treat in the form of director Michael Matthews' debut feature, set in the magnificent South African landscapes. It is an extraordinary tribute to Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, with which it also shares a profound social criticism, this time addressing the problems present in the post-colonial South Africa.