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Molosi 2064 film on the verge of an Oscar nomination

Publishing Date : 07 October, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

A week before its world premiere, 2064 was nominated for the prestigious Grand Prix prize in Sweden. Molosi’s latest film was nominated for the prize for its excellence in storytelling.


The Grand Prix is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a professional honorary organization with the goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures based in California. This means that if 2064 won the Grand Prix in Sweden the film would automatically be eligible for an Oscar nomination. Award-winning Botswana-born actor Donald Molosi’s latest lead role is in a new international film called 2064. The film will have its world premiere in Hong Kong, on September 28th at the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Festival.


In an interesting historic turn, especially because the High Court of Botswana decriminalized same-sex relationships just three months ago, Molosi’s new film is the first high profile queer film to come out of Botswana.  “My choice of roles is as bold as the times need me to be. As a human being, if you don’t make bold decisions you might as well be dead,” said Molosi on the film.


The new film, 2064, sees Molosi in the lead role opposite award-winning South African actor Thabo Rametsi. 2064 is produced by Dreamcoat Films, a British production company and is directed by British-Nigerian director, Joseph Adesunloye. According to the International Movie Database (IMDB), 2064 was filmed in Botswana and Zimbabwe.


“I recognize with hope, that although 2064 was filmed in a Botswana where same-sex relationships were illegal and that it now gets released after the Botswana High Court has ruled otherwise. I am also ashamed that the Botswana government is appealing that historic ruling. As an actor I am using my own power to push against the present government’s stance concerning this issue,” Molosi spoke in a press release. “The story itself is universal and is about how balancing the human-wildlife conflict may have to come through extreme measure in the future and what that may mean for love between humans.”


After showcasing in Cannes earlier in May, 2064 will open this weekend in Hong Kong at the Hong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In the first week of October, the film will premiere in Scotland at the Scotland Queer International Festival; in Sweden at the CinemAfrica Film Festival; and at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival come October the 6th. Molosi is an actor and writer from Mahalapye and his latest film appearance was opposite Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, in A United Kingdom. In June, Molosi’s new book Dear Upright African won the Best Narrative Award at the African Authors Awards 2019. He divides his time between several countries.

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