Thina Sobabili selected as South Africa’s Oscars entry

By Drum Digital
22 September 2015

The film has been selected as South Africa’s submission for the best foreign-language film for the Oscars.

2015 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and Jozi Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award winner, Thina Sobabili has been selected as South Africa’s official entry for consideration into the Annual Academy Awards’ (Oscars) Best Foreign Language Film category.

Thina Sobabili, a film by Ernest Nkosi, has been chosen as South Africa’s submission for the best foreign-language film for the Oscars by the South African Academy Award Selection Committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

A film by debutant director, Ernest Nkosi, Thina Sobabili is a story of siblings; Thulani and Zanele as they journey through life knowing that they have no one but each other to lean on. Set in Alexandra township, the siblings escape one tragedy and build a life together where big brother Thulani is over protective of his younger sister.

The film stars Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva, Busisiwe Mtshali, Mpho "Popps" Modikoane, Richard Lukunku, Thato Dhladla and Zikhona Sodlaka.

Produced on a limited budget, Ernest emphasized that it was about quality and it aimed to dazzle the world. “It is a great honour to be selected as South Africa’s consideration for Oscars 2016,” said Nkosi..

Should Thina Sobabili get the nod as a South African entry, it will join former SA representatives at the Oscars: nominee Yesterday (2005) and winner Tsotsi (2006).

The Oscars will be held on February 28, 2016.

Congratulations to Ernest and team!

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