Acclaimed film Five Fingers for Marseilles, now available On Demand from Uncork’d Entertainment, emerged the biggest winner of 14th Africa Movie Academy Awards, taking home five awards including Best Film.
In addition, the film snared the AMAA 2018 Award for Achievement in Production Design, Michael Matthews won the AMAA 2018 Award for the Best First Feature Film by a director, the AMAA 2018 Award for Achievement in Cinematography, and the Ousmane Sembene AMAA 2018 Award for Best Film in an African Language.
The critically-acclaimed, action-packed South African western, written by Sean Drummond, received a theatrical release in North America this summer. It was released on VOD platforms this week.
Five Fingers for Marseilles takes place in a small town “governed” by dubious local officials, living in fear of a lawless mob; when an exiled outlaw returns home in search of solace and redemption, brotherhood and loyalty are fused with vengeance.
The residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime. Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.