London-based salesoutfit Moviehouse Entertainment has boarded the new South African film Jerusalema, by writer-director Ralph Ziman.
The film is based on realevents and is set in contemporary Johannesburg. It tells of the rise and fallof a notorious Robin Hood gangster figure Lucky Kunene.
Jerusalema began shooting onMay 8 and continues for 10 weeks.
The story, written by Ziman,portrays Lucky and best friend Zakes as they begin their criminal careers inthe township of Soweto by stealing cars "to order".
With the police at theirheels and after one armed robbery too many, they make the move to Hillbrow, anover-populated seedy section of downtown Johannesburg where they attempt to gostraight by starting their own taxi firm.
The cast includes RapulanaSepheimo (Hijack Stories) asLucky Kunene and Ronnie Nyakale (Portrait of a Young Man Drowning) as best friend Zakes Mbolelo.
The film is produced byRalph Ziman (The Zookeeper, Hearts and Minds) and Tendeka Matatu (Max and Mona, StraightOoutta Benoni) of Muti Films.
Ronnie Apteker, GaryPhillips and Mark Vennis all serve as executive producers on the film.
The film was launched earlierthis week by Moviehouse Entertainment in Cannes. They have three other titlesscreening in the Cannes Market: Rampage, The Magician (recentlyreleased theatrically in the UK) and Studs. Moviehouse is also selling John Boorman's new film, The Tiger'sTail.