Juno Films Takes South African Oscar Contender 'Sew the Winter to my Skin' for North America

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'Sew the Winter to My Skin'

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka's nearly dialogue-free epic tells the true tale of a notorious outlaw and folk hero in pre-apartheid South Africa.

Juno Films have picked up rights in North America to South Africa's foreign-language Oscar contender Sew the Winter to my Skin from sales group Rushlake Media.

The film, directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, tells the true-life tale of the notorious outlaw John Kepe (Ezra Mabengeza), who achieved folk hero status in pre-apartheid South Africa.

Qubeka's poetic, nearly dialogue-free style, combining a Western manhunt thriller with a boldly experimental biopic, has been compared to that of Terrence Malick. Sew the Winter to my Skin premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year. South Africa selected the title to represent the country for the 2019 Oscars in the foreign-language category.

Juno Films is planning an early 2019 release for the film, with a platform theatrical release starting in New York. Elizabeth Sheldon from Juno Films negotiated the deal with Rushlake Media managing director Philipp Hoffmann.