MONTREAL, Aug. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The highly anticipated film WINNIE by Darrell Roodt will open the 8th edition of the Montreal
International Black Film Festival on September 19th, as a Quebec
Premiere. Winnie, a Canadian co-production, produced by Quebec producer Michael Mosca
from Equinoxe Films, will kick-start the official competition. « We are
very proud to open the festival with such a big film produced by a
Quebec producer; It's a deeply moving story that leaves no one
untouched » stated Fabienne Colas, President of the Festival.
Winnie stars Jennifer Hudson (Winnie Mandela), Academy Award winner and Grammy Award winner, and Terrence Howard (Nelson Mandela), Academy Award nominee.
Based on the biography by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob "Winnie Mandela : A Life", Winnie is an intimate, in-depth and unbiased film that will take the audience
on a remarkable journey of understanding Winnie Mandela, one of the
world's most famous female activists, exploring both her personal and
political life. Winnie Mandela is a complex historical figure,
appreciated for her role in the struggle against apartheid led by her
husband, but whose obscure acquaintances make an equally controversial
personality. Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage,
Winnie Mandela survived her husband's imprisonment, continuous
harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State
town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary
confinement - all the while keeping the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A
sensitive and balanced portrayal, the film nevertheless thoroughly
investigates and honestly examines the controversies that dogged Winnie
Mandela in recent years.
South African filmmaker and screenwriter Darrell Roodt, whose film Yesterday was nominated for an Academy Award in "Best Foreign Language
Film" category in 2005, made an international name for himself with his
debut feature A Place of Weeping (1986), a passionate condemnation of apartheid. Educated at the
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, he gained further acclaim
for The Stick (1988), another look at the anti-apartheid struggle. In 1990, he made
his first film with American backing, Jobman (1990). Roodt's best-known
film is his adaptation of the anti-apartheid stage musical Sarafina!
(1992) starring Whoopi Goldberg. He has made around 30 films ans TV
series among which Cry, the Beloved Country starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris (1995). He has since
alternated between making films in Hollywood and South Africa. His
latest film Winnie has been officially selected in both Cannes Film Festival and Toronto
International Film Festival.
After its Quebec premiere at the Montreal International Black Film
Festival, WINNIE, distributed by Equinoxe Films, will hit Quebec screens starting
October 5, 2012.
The 8th MIBFF will be held from September 19 to 30, 2012.
About the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)
Presented by Global Montreal, the Montreal International Black Film
Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation,
a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture.
The mission of the MIBFF is to stimulate the development of the
independent film industry and to showcase more films on the realities
of Blacks from around the world. The Festival wants to promote a
different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad
and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big
screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and
that takes us all by surprise! The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and
present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile,
that leave us perplexed, that shock us... A fresh new look at black
cinema from the four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com .
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SOURCE: MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
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