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LONG Métrage | 2011
Lucky [Avie Luthra]
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 100 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : fiction


Lucky est un jeune garçon sud-africain orphelin qui quiite son village zoulou pour la ville. La seule porte qui lui sera ouverte est celle d’une formidable femme indienne nommée Padma.

Réalisateur : Avie Luthra

2011, Afrique du Sud, 1h40

Le réalisateur Avi LLuthra a allongé son court métrage (datant de 2005), pour en faire en 2011 un Long métrage.


LUCKY is a South African feature length film about a ten-year-old South African orphan who leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city… only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman called Padma.

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.

Dir. Avie Luthra

Written and Directed by Avie Luthra
Produced by Christopher J. Wilmot

Producer – Lance Samuels
Executive Producer & Producer – Christopher J. Wilmot

Opening in South Africa on July 20th and in the US & Canada in late 2012!

Credited cast:
Sihle Dlamini… Lucky
Jayashree Basavaraj… Padma
Vusi Kunene… Dumisani
Mduduzi Mabaso… Bongile
James Ngcobo… Jabulani
Brenda Ngxoli… Lindiwe
Jabu Tshabalala… Sindile
Mary Twala… Dudu

Produced by
Elliott Borkum…. associate producer
Steve Brown…. co-producer
Darren Cameron…. line producer
Kathleen Goll…. co-producer
Avie Luthra…. co-producer
Lance Samuels…. producer
Christopher Wilmot…. executive producer
Christopher Wilmot…. producer

Cinematography by
Willie Nel

Film Editing by
Josh Levinsky

Casting by
Moonyeenn Lee

Production Design by
Chantal Carter

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Biart…. first assistant director
Cara Hickson…. second assistant director

Sound Department
Michael Botha…. dialogue editor
Charlotte Buys…. sound re-recording mixer
Peter Cornell…. sound editor
Arthur Kondouries…. sound mixer

Philip Miller…. composer: theme music

Cynthia Amsden…. publicist
Sarah Golding…. script consultant

The Critics Love LUCKY!

BBC – « a simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity »… »a wonderful, little gem »

Hollywood Reporter – « achieves poignancy without manipulation…an awards contender » says John DeFore

Variety – « ….an emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa…delicate and real…extraordinarily touching » says John Anderson

Production Companies
How Town Film Productions (co-production)
Out of Africa Entertainment

Christopher J. Wilmot
How Town Film Productions, LLC (USA)
+1 585.690.7673 mobile
+1 585-214-4594 office
[email protected]

WORLD PREMIERE – Toronto International Film Festival 2011
U.S. PREMIERE – Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012

Bengaluru International Film Festival
– WINNER: Best Film

Abu Dhabi Film Festival
– WINNER: Best Actress for Jayashree Basavaraj

London Asian Film Festival
– WINNER: Best Crossover Film

Family and Children – Worldfest Houston
– WINNER: Gold Remi Award

Cape Winelands Film Festival
– WINNER: Special Mention Award


Lucky, 10 anni, è un bambino zulu sudafricano da poco orfano della madre, il cui ultimo desiderio era che il figlio lasciasse il loro villaggio per andare a vivere con lo zio materno a Durban, nella grande città. Lucky vorrebbe studiare e realizzarsi, ma le sue aspirazioni sono vanificate dall’egoismo dello zio. Disperato, il bambino si rivolge a un’anziana donna indiana, Padma, diffidente verso i neri. Nonostante le tensioni tra indiani e neri in Sudafrica, tra i due nasce un legame profondo. Tuttavia, le intenzioni di Padma non sono del tutto sincere: adottare Lucky le serve per ottenere un contributo statale. Quando lo zio lo scopre, strappa Lucky alla scuola, ruba il denaro della sovvenzione e aggredisce Padma, che riesce a salvare Lucky e a riportarlo al villaggio, dove però il bambino non è più benaccetto. Lucky e Padma intraprendono allora un viaggio illuminato da una nuova speranza.

Sudafrica-UK/South Africa-UK, 2011, 100′

Avie Luthra

Avie Luthra

Avie Luthra
Tanya Welz

fotografia/director of photography
Willie Nel

Josh Levinsky

scenografia/production designer
Chantel Carter

costumi/costume designer
Zureta Schulz

Arthur Koundouris

Phillip Miller

interpreti/leading players
Sihle Dlamini (Lucky)
Jayashree Basavaraj (Padma)
James Ngcobo (Jabulani)
Vusi Kunene (Dumisani)
Brenda Ngxoli (Lindiwe)
Mary Twala Dudu)

prodotto da/produced by
Lance Samuels
Christopher J. Wilmot


Out of Africa Entertainment
30 Judith Road, Emmarentia, 2195 Guateng – South Africa
phone +27 114863355
fax +27 116466832
[email protected]
distribuzione internazionale/world sales

festival contact
How Town Film Productions, LLC
phone +585 2144594
[email protected]

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