Johannesburg - South Africa has selected 'Knuckle City' as its submission for the International Feature Film category at the Oscars.
The film had its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film themes on the journey of Dudu Nyakama, a down and out ageing boxer as he struggles to attain the one fight that he believes will uplift his fractured family.
Contending that the underbelly of the boxing world is rife with criminality, Dudu unwittingly enlists the help of his reckless but resourceful, gangster brother who's coming out of jail. Haunted by the ghost of their father, Dudu soon finds that the fight at home is far more challenging than any opponent he can face in the ring.
The film was directed by Jahmil X. T, who is also the director behind three other films including 'Sew the Winter to My Skin' which was also South Africa's 2018 Oscars submission. The film was not nominated but won several other awards.
Knuckle City's Bongile Mantsai who plays Dudu in the film won the best actor prize for his portrayal of Dudu at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) where the film opened the 40th edition of he event while National Film and Video Foundation CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile was confident when he announced the Oscar selection.
"The film is as hard-hitting as its title suggests. It's quintessentially South African but also a very universal tale and touches on so many themes making it dark and relatable all at once."
South Africa's minister responsible for the Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the team behind the film for the hard work.
"South African Film Director, Jahmil XT Qubeka's film 'Knuckle City' has been chosen as this year’s South African entry for Best International Feature Film Award for the 2020 Oscar Awards. The film is currently screening in Toronto. Well done to the team, we wish you all the best!" said the minister.