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by Gavin Hood


Based on the book by acclaimed author and playwright Athol Fugard, this deeply affecting film traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who shoots a woman outside her home and steals her car, unaware, in his panic, that her baby is in the back seat. Pumping with the high energy of Zola's 'Kwaito' music, Tsotsi is an extraordinary and gritty contemporary portrait of ghetto life set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg townships.

international title: Tsotsi
original title: Tsotsi (Thug)
country: United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia
sales agent: The Little Film Company
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Gavin Hood
film run: 94'
release date: GR 2/03/2006, NL 2/03/2006, BE 9/03/2006, LU 9/03/2006, UK 17/03/2006, DK 24/03/2006, FI 24/03/2006, NO 24/03/2006, SE 14/04/2006, IT 23/04/2006 DE 4/05/2006, CH 4/05/2006, FR 19/07/206
screenplay: Gavin Hood
cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, 'Zola' Bonginkosi Dlamini
cinematography by: Lance Gewer
film editing: Megan Gill
art director: Emilia Roux
costumes designer: Nadia Kruger, Pierre Vienings
music: Mark Killian, Paul Hepker
producer: Peter Fudakowski, Paul Raleigh
production: Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (SA), Moviworld, The National Film and Video Foundation of SA (SA), UK Film and Television Production Company plc (UK)
distributor: Momentum Pictures, Rosebud (GR), Moonlight Films (NL/BE/LU), Scanbox (DK/FI/NO/SE), MK2 (FR), Kinowelt (DE), Filmcoopi (CH), Castello Lopes (PT), Vértigo Films (ES), Sat Pol (PL)

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Oscars 2006 Best Foreign Language Film

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