Anant Singh, producer of the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela film, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and the Toronto International Film Festival announced today that the film will have its first screening, with a gala event, at the 38TH edition of the Festival in September this year.
This epic motion picture spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is the thrilling story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed.
Producer Singh commented, “We are delighted to have MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. We always believed that Toronto is the perfect platform to launch the film to international audiences. We are pleased to continue a 15 year association with the Festival which has featured many of our South African productions including RED DUST and the Oscar Nominated, YESTERDAY. The Toronto Film Festival is unique as it allows us to present the film to both industry people and regular film goers in Canada.”
In the film, three actors play Nelson Mandela – Siza Pini plays the 8 year old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years. Others include Tony Kgoroge (Walter Sisulu), Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki), Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Naomie Harris (Winnie Mandela), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Terry Pheto (Evelyn), Jamie Bartlett (James Gregory), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetzee) and Gys De Villiers (President De Klerk). The film is directed by Justin Chadwick.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will be released in South Africa on 28 November 2013 through United International Pictures.
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