Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, Lucky, is a South African film written and directed by Avie Luthra. The drama centers about a 10-year old AIDS orphan boy named Lucky who leaves his Zulu Village after losing his mother, and finds refuge with an elderly Indian woman.
Here’s the full synopsis, courtesy of the film’s website:
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky falls in with an elderly Indian woman with a pathological fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and ultimately, belonging, LUCKY shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.
I’m definitely compelled to see this. Check out the TIFF film’s page for screening times and more information.
Here’s the trailer.