In the “discovery” portion of this years Toronto International Film Festival is the South African thriller FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES. Part western , part crime thriller and all badass is the film about a man returning from prison to seek peace for his hometown. The teaser for the film look fantastic and FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES will be making its world premiere at TIFF. Take a look at the breathtaking trailer ahead including the screening schedule.
FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES is the debut feature from rising South African filmmaking duo Michael Matthews and Sean Drummond. After 7 years of research, including 5,000 miles of cross-country travel, development, and filming amidst the erratic winter weather of the Eastern Cape, this grand scale neo-western tale and impressive first feature comes to vivid life.
Apartheid South Africa: The community of Railway, attached to the remote town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young “Five Fingers” are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a conflict that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers changed.
Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, now a feared and brutal outlaw, “The Lion of Marseilles.” But scarred and empty, he renounces violence and returns home desiring only to reconnect with those he left behind. At first, Tau finds Marseilles seemingly at peace – the battle for freedom was won, and now the remaining Five Fingers are prominent leaders of their town. However, after reuniting with childhood love, Lerato, and her fiery son, Sizwe, it becomes clear that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat and to Tau’s dismay, his childhood friends themselves may have allowed it in. When he and his loved ones become direct targets, he is reluctantly compelled to fight once and for all. Calling on partners-in-crime, both old friends and new, the Five Fingers rise again. Standing against once-allies and new enemies alike, they must put their lives at risk for the sake of Marseilles. It’s their duty to protect it. Even from each other.
Saturday, September 9 at 9:45pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4
Monday, September 11 at 9:30am at Jackson Hall
Saturday, September 16 at 3:00pm at Scotiabank 9
FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES is directed by Michael Matthews and stars Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels and Jerry Mofokeng. Introducing Toka Mtabane, Vuyo Novokoza, Ntsika Tiyo, Sibusiso Bottoman, Abongile Sithole and Qhawe Soroshi.