S'dumo Mtshali as Chili in iNumber Number
S'dumo Mtshali as Chili in iNumber Number. Mtshali has been nominated for best actor in a leading role.

South African crime thriller iNumber Number (renamed Avenged following its US release) will be vying for top honours at the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards, after receiving nominations in 12 categories for the continent's most prestigious film awards.

There was further good news for South African film fans when the nominations were unveiled in Los Angeles on 20 June, with the AMAA 2015 organisers announcing that the 11th edition of the event will take place in South Africa on 26 September - the first time that it will be held outside of Nigeria.

iNumber Number received 12 nominations, for best film, best film in an African language, best director, best lead actor (S'dumo Mtshali), best supporting actor (Israel Makoe), and achievement in editing, cinematography, sound, visual effects, makeup, costume design and production design.

It will be competing for best film against Cote d'Ivoire's Run, which also received 12 nominations, Mauritania's Timbuktu (11 nominations), Nigeria's October 1 (eight nominations), and Ethiopia's Triangle Going to America (eight nominations).

If iNumber Number were to take top honours on 26 September, it would be following in the footsteps of Charlie Vundla's How To Steal 2 Million and Jahmil XT Qubeka's Of Good Report, which won both the best film and best director awards in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Other South African movies that are nominated this year are Cold Harbour, for best first feature film by a director, and best lead actor (Tony Kgoroge); and The Dream of Shahrazad and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, both for best documentary.

In addition, The Boda Boda Thieves received nominations for best supporting actress and best young/promising actress. The film was a co-production between six companies from Europe and Africa, including Cape Town-based Switch Films, and also received support from the National Film and Video Foundation.

Directed by Donovan Marsh, iNumber Number made a strong showing both at international festivals and on the South African cinema circuit, winning praise, awards and a distribution deal in the US.

In the movie, Presley Chweneyagae of Tsotsi fame stars opposite S'dumo Mtshali in an action-packed story about a pair of cops battling corrupt colleagues as well as a gang of armoured-car thieves.

Film critic Leon van Nierop called it "South Africa's version of Reservoir Dogs." Movie review site Spl!ng agreed: "Strong co-lead performances, a solid ensemble, suspenseful gangster drama, intense riveting action, street smarts and a refreshing South African take on Reservoir Dogs make for compelling viewing in iNumber Number. Donovan Marsh has created a gritty and entertaining gangster film that tips the hat to its influences while adding a refreshing South African spin on a well-worn genre."

Source: staff reporter

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