South African producer Anant Singh announced today that France will be the first European country to release Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 18 December 2013. This announcement coincided with the arrival of French President François Hollande in South Africa today.
French media giant Pathe will release the film across France on more than 350 screens, and it will be the first release of this magnitude for a South African film. Pathe believes that Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will have wide appeal among the French public as Madiba is one of the most loved international statesmen in France.
Singh commented, “It is very exciting that President Hollande is visiting South Africa to enhance business and industrial ties with our country. It is equally exciting that France will be releasing Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom first in Europe.
“This major release in France is greater than that of Lincoln, The Iron Lady and Rush. We are encouraged with their confidence in the film and we believe it will further solidify the relationship between our countries.’
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom releases nationally in South Africa on 28 November 2013 through United International Pictures.