Mandela film to debut in Toronto

26 July 2013

The world premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the long-awaited big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, will take place at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The film will be released in South Africa on 28 November.

Making the announcement on Wednesday, producer Anant Singh said he was delighted to the film selected for the prestigious festival.

“We always believed that Toronto is the perfect platform to launch the film to international audiences,” Singh said in a statement. “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.”

The epic film, directed by Justin Chadwick, 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.

The film is authorised by Mandela, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory having provided research and archival support.

Three actors play Mandela in the film: Siza Pini plays the eight-year-old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years.

Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki, Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi, Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, Lindiwe Matshikiza as Zindzi Mandela, Terry Pheto as Evelyn, Jamie Bartlett as James Gregory, Deon Lotz as Kobie Coetzee, and Gys de Villiers as President FW de Klerk.

SAinfo reporter