From screening at the coveted Cannes Film Festival, to winning a prestigious award in Los Angeles and opening the Durban International Film Festival with praises, “Ayanda and The Mechanic” has already made its mark before hitting cinema.
Co-produced by Terry Pheto, the coming-of-age film follows the gripping tale of 21-year-old Afro-Hippie Ayanda on her journey to adulthood, after the death of her father in a freak accident. On
her journey to self-discovery, Ayanda is determined to revive her dad’s prized garage business, even though the odds are against her.
Having seen a screening of the film, here are five reasons (spoiler-free) on why the movie is worthy of some Oscar buzz.
1. Fulu Mugovhani as lead
Ingénue Fulu Mugovhani has captivated audience as photojournalist Anzani on etv’s prime-time soapie ‘Scandal’ for some time now, which should come as no surprise that she will win your heart as the vibrant and driven Ayanda. Mugovhani manages to break down the beautifully written screenplay by Trish Malone and reconstruct it through her own truth to deliver a nuanced, stealer and memorable performance.
2. Supporting cast
Ntathi Moshesh does her Meryl Streep thing as Ayanda’s grief-stricken and guilt-ridden mom, showing so much range by just making an appearance on-screen, no spoken-word needed. The strained mother-daughter chemistry between Moshesh and Mugovhani is very believable. In a career best, Thomas Gumede leaves his acting mark as Ayanda’s loyal friend and business confidant Zoum. OC Ukeje delivers a charming performance as Ayanda’s romantic interest David, while Jafta Mamabola is always a pleasure to watch, this time portraying Ayanda’s troubled brother Lenaka.
Source : Sowetan online, July 23rd 2015