South African co-production “The Salvation” has been selected for a Gala Screening at the 67th Cannes Film Festival which takes place from 14 – 25 May this year.
The film is a classic Western set in 1870s America when a peaceful American settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
Helmed by legendary Danish director Kristian Levring, the film stars European superstar Mads Mikkelsen who is supported by a formidably talented cast including Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Michael Raymond-James and Jonathan Pryce.
South Africa’s Spier Films worked with renowned Danish production company Zentropa to set up this Danish-South African-UK co-production.
“We are very proud of this film and all the work and craftsmanship that was put in by South African crews,” says Spier Films producer Michael Auret.”This film is a testament to the high quality work that South African crews can achieve in all departments. It was a great privilege to work on a Western which was a childhood dream of many of us and we certainly learnt a lot from Kristian Levring’s approach ot making the film”
“The Salvation” was entirely shot near Johannesburg in 2013 and involved 4 months of construction and preparation followed by a 2 month shoot.
The Gala screening will take place on 17th May.