On the arrival of the French President François Hollande in South Africa today, Anant Singh announced that France will be the first European country to release Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on 18 December 2013. The film will be released by French media giant, Pathé.
Pathé will release the film across France on more than 350 screens, and it will be the first release of this magnitude for a South African film. Pathé believe that Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has wide appeal among the French public as Madiba is one of the most loved international statesmen in France.
Anant Singh commented, "It is very exciting that President Hollande is visiting South Africa to enhance business and industrial ties with our country. It is equally exciting that France will be releasing Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom first in Europe. This major release in France is greater than that of Lincoln, The Iron Lady and Rush. We are encouraged with their confidence in the film and we believe it will further solidify the relationship between our countries."
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will be released nationally in South Africa on 28 November 2013.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an Anant Singh presentation of a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathe, Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and National Empowerment Fund. It is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies. The Co-Producers Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox, Vlokkie Gordon, Hlengiwe Makhathini with Executive Producers Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Harvey Weinstein, Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, and Producer for Origin Pictures is David M. Thompson. Produced by Anant Singh, the film is based on Nelson Mandela's Autobiography 'Long Walk To Freedom' with the screenplay by William Nicholson and is directed by Justin Chadwick.