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A 19 year old boy, called Tsotsi (gangster), lives in a shantytown in Johannesburg. He is the chief of a gang composed by Butcher, an assassin, Boston a unsuccessful teacher, and Aap, big and retarded. One night, Tsotsi after one too many drinks, fights with Boston. Then he wanders in the streets and arrives in a rich neighbourhood. When he sees a young woman who is trying to open the gate of her house, Tsotsi shoots her without thinking and steals her car. After only a few yards he realizes that there is a three months baby in the back seat. Caught by panic Tsotsi destroys the car and abandons it. He takes the baby and decides to take care of him.

Original Title TSOTSI
Category Out of competition
Section Reload
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 96'
Production Year 2005
Nationality South Africa, United Kingdom
Directed by Gavin Hood
Screenplay Gavin Hood
Based on the book "Tsotsi"
by Athol Fugard
Director of photography Lance Gewer
Editor Megan Gill
Production Design Emelia Weavind
Costume Design Nadia Kruger, Pierre Vienings
Music Paul Hepker, Mark Kilian
Main cast Presley Chweneyagae (Tsotsi)
Mothusi Magano (Boston)
Israel Makoe (il padre di Tsotsi/Tsotsi’s father)
Percy Matsemela (sergente Zuma/sergeant Zuma)
Jerry Mofokeng (Morris)
Benny Moshe (Tsotsi da giovane/young Tsotsi)
Produced by Peter Fudakowski

tsotsi regGavin Hood

Gavin Hood studied cinema at the University of California in Los Angeles, where he won a “Diane Thomas” screenwriting award. He began his film career with the acclaimed short film THE STOREKEEPER, which won thirteen international film festival awards and qualified for the Academy Awards in 1998. It was followed by Gavin’s debut feature film, A REASONABLE MAN, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in opposite Academy Award nominee, Sir Nigel Hawthorne. At the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Gavin Hood was named by "Variety" as one of the “Ten Directors to Watch”. IN DESERT AND WILDERNESS is his first feature film made for producers outside South Africa. With TSOTSI he won an Oscar as Best Foreign Film.


Director’s statement

“In bringing this compelling story to the screen, my intention is to make a taught, well-paced, psychological thriller that transports its audience into a world of radical contrasts. Skyscrapers and shacks, wealth and poverty, vibrant colour and darkness, love and hate, revenge and forgiveness, violent anger and gentle compassion: all collide in a film that is, ultimately, a classic story of redemption”.

Tsotsi Films Ltd.


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