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TIFF 2013 - A Pair Of South African Thrillers Attract Sales, Distribution

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, September 5. And while I'm not there myself, Zeba already is, and will be reviewing some of those 22 Diaspora films that made my list (HERE if you missed it). 

And even though it's only day-one, deals are already being made, with 2 announced this morning that are definitely worth mentioning.

The first: iNumber Number, the violent action/drama from South African filmmaker Donovan Marsh (his third feature directorial effort), has been picked up by Fortissimo Films.

The company has acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding North America and South Africa however) to the film, which stars Sdumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae, Israel MakoeHlubi Mboya, and Owen Sejake.

Described as “the Reservoir Dogs of South Africa,” here's a synopsis:

When Chili Ngcobo, an honest but ambitious undercover cop, is cheated out of a major reward by his corrupt superiors, he infiltrates a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, he decides to participate in a one off score. He must face off against his partner who refuses to let him do it and one of the gang members who recognizes him as a cop.

The film is set to make its World Premiere at the TIFF, which started today, and runs through the 15th. 

TIFF calls it action-packed and adroitly-written and directed by Marsh, with an oddball cast that provides some comic relief.

Let's hope a North American distribution company picks it up. 

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