THE team behind the controversial movie, Of Good Report, are hoping its international premiere next week will lead to even greater deals.
Of Good Report was selected for screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the Discovery Programme, which focuses on the future of world cinema.
The movie, directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka and produced by Michael Auret of Spier Films and Port Elizabeth's Luzuko Dilima of The New Brighton Motion Picture Company, will be screened at the TIFF on September 6, 7 and 14.
The film had been scheduled to open the Durban Film Festival last month but was pulled because the Film and Publications Board found it contained elements of child pornography.
The film – which features sexual scenes between an underage girl and an adult – became the first movie in post-apartheid South Africa to be banned.
Qubeka describes his film as "a South African homage to film noir that tells the story of Red Riding Hood from the wolf's perspective".
He said words could not describe how thrilled he was that the film would be screened at TIFF. "The platform this festival provides for independent filmmakers is second to none and I am honoured we are on the guest list."
KwaDwesi's Dilima said they were constantly overwhelmed by the interest shown in the movie.
"It's humbling that our movie was selected to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival, which is one of the biggest in the world.
"It is an honour and I'm hoping the exposure will lead to new projects in the international market."
Dilima said he would be travelling to Toronto with Qubeka and actors Petronella Tshuma and Mothusi Magano.
Dilima said the movie, which is screening at Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country, did well in its first week out earlier this month but the numbers went down in the second week.
"We would love for more people to see it and understand why it is getting attention internationally."