FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES
[MENOANA E MEHLANO EA MARSEILLES]
Near the colonial town of Marseilles in the rugged Eastern Cape of South Africa, a group of rebellious friends dubbed the Five Fingers uses well-placed eggs and slingshots to drive off the oppressive police force. But when the cops seize quick-tempered Tau's (Vuyo Dabula) childhood love, Lerato (Zethu Dlomo), he goes from throwing eggs to shooting bullets. Scared of capture or worse, Tau flees, returning 20 years later to a town, and friends, transformed by the violence caused that day. With the crooked cops now replaced by a caustic gang, Tau must marshal what remains of the Fingers to once again defend their home. Steeped in the tradition of the Western, FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES subverts the genre by placing the story within the indigenous community, with the settlers and the divisions brought on by colonialism shown to be the enemy. (Note adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2017 Toronto and London film festivals, 2018 Palm Springs Film Festival. DIR/PROD Michael Matthews; SCR/PROD Sean Drummond; PROD Asger Hussain, Yaron Schwartzman. South Africa, 2017, color, 120 min. In Xhosa and Southern Sotho with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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