South African *neo-noir* thriller How To Steal 2 Million, which I first profiled last summer or so, and was intrigued by, based on what I read about it, and saw from its trailer, will finally make its way to NYC (meaning I’ll get to finally see it), when it screens at the upcoming New York African Film Festival next month.
A quick recap…
Directed by Charles Vundla, the film stars Menzi Ngubane, Rapulana Seiphemo, Terry Pheto, Hlubi Mboya and John Kani. Kani might be the most familiar to those in the west. A veteran actor of stage and screen, as well as a writer in his own right, Kani’s resume includes parts in The Ghost And The Darkness, and Sarafina, as well as alongside Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Coriolanus, the 2011 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
The film’s synopsis reads:
It’s a jungle out there. That’s how we meet our lead character Jack. It’s been five years since he’s seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as Jack is honorable. He’s married Jack’s former fiancée. Jack wants to go legit but after being rejected for a loan he needs a new source of capital. Twala presents him with an opportunity a job with a R2 million take. The complication is that the mark is Twala’s father. Jacks partner for the job is the tough and sexy Olive. Little does he know she will prove to be more devious then his old friend.
Watching the trailer again after not having seen it in sometime, I’m still liking what I see in it (the title, by the way, is a play on the title of William Wyler’s 1966 heist comedy How to Steal a Million, starring Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn).
Here’s the good-looking official trailer for How To Steal 2 Million, and underneath, you’ll find a clip from the film:
And here’s a clip: