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SA movie premieres at Toronto Film Festival

The film is one of three local features showing at the event, which is known for showcasing potential Oscar contenders and the latest in world cinema.

A screengrab from 'The Number'.

TORONTO – South African movie The Number premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night with some of the film’s cast members and the director in attendance.

The film is one of three local features showing at the event, which is known for showcasing potential Oscar contenders and the latest in world cinema.

The Number, loosely based on the book by Jonny Steinberg about prison gangs, stars Presley Chweneyagae.

"The 26s and 28s are more South African but it still remains universal because it is a human story," Chweneyagae said.

He was last in Toronto with Tsotsi 10 years ago.

"It was my first international trip, it was my first big film... I was young and I was learning a lot. Now I feel more mature," Chweneyagae said.

The movie is directed by Khalo Matabane and also stars Mothusi Magano, who is also at the festival.

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