“Thina Sobabili” (The Two of Us), by first-time helmer Ernest Nkosi, is South Africa’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race, the South African Academy Awards selection committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced on Monday.
Set in Alexandra, South Africa’s largest township, “Thina Sobabili” tells the story of two siblings who escape tragedy in the impoverished slum to build a life together.
Nkosi called the selection a “great honor,” adding that while pic was produced “on a very limited budget,” he was “confident that it will dazzle the world.”
Vuyo Sokupa, of the NFVF, described the film as “engaging” and said it was selected because it “addresses issues that (South Africans) are faced with on a daily basis.”
Should pic get the nomination nod, it would join previous South African selections “Yesterday” (2005) and 2006 Oscar winner “Tsotsi.”
The deadline to submit foreign-language entries is Oct. 1, nominations will be announced Jan. 14 and the Academy Awards take place Feb. 28 at Dolby Theatre.