Miramax Films has picked up North American rights to "Tsotsi," the South African gangster movie that won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to sources.
Disney's specialty film division also picked up the documentary "The Heart of the Game" during the festival, which wrapped last weekend. Miramax declined to comment on the status of the new acquisition Saturday.
The film, shot on a budget of $3.5 million by writer-director Gavin Hood, is South Africa's official submission this year for the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards. The primary language spoken in the film is Tsotsitaal, an Afrikaans-based language spoken on the streets of Soweto.
"Tsotsi" tells the story of a teenage thug (or "tsotsi," in South African slang) who faces moral dilemmas after inadvertently kidnapping a baby during a carjacking.