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Tsotsi – which means “gangster” in South African slang – follows the life and crimes of a young hoodlum in Soweto, Johannesburg. In an irony that only a few countries in the world are capable of producing, the film’s director of photography, Lance Gewer, was hijacked last week in Johannesburg, by a gang of tsotsis who had seen his film. They liked the film but still took his car.
- South African film: specialising in gritty realism.
- Apart from Tsotsi, South Africans will also be pulling for Charlize Theron, a best actress nominee for her role in North Country.
- Watch the Oscars – the second-greatest moment for lowbrow culture in America (the greatest being the Super Bowl) – LIVE in South Africa. Coverage starts with the red carpet pre-show at 12h30 a.m., and the Oscars begin 2 1/2 hours later, at 3 a.m.: MNet