Sel­mor kisses an­other man

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WOULD you al­low your spouse to be in­ti­mate with an­other cast mem­ber in a movie?

Mu­si­cian, Sel­mor Mtukudzi hav­ing been mar­ried for 10 years to Tendai Manatsa, was faced with a dif­fi­cult choice of whether to lose her role in the new movie Es­cape or go for the hard one, kiss­ing an­other man on cam­era.

The full length fea­ture film was writ­ten by award win­ning UK film maker Ag­nieszka Piotrowska who co-di­rected the movie with Zim­bab­wean di­rec­tor Joe Njagu.

The no un­der-18 movie will pre­miere on Oc­to­ber 4 at Ster Kinekor Sam Levy Vil­lage in Harare, hosted by the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Trust. There­after, a DVD re­lease and a global fes­ti­val tour will take place.

A teaser re­leased this week on the Face­book page of Think­ing Films Com­pany, the pro­duc­tion com­pany of the film, shows steamy sex scenes that will likely un­set­tle the lo­cal au­di­ence which is gen­er­ally con­ser­va­tive.

In the movie ac­cord­ing to pic­tures re­leased by pro­duc­ers this week, Sel­mor who plays Anna will share a pas­sion­ate kiss with the lead ac­tor Charles (played by Jose Mar­ques).

Sel­mor said she had to ask for per­mis­sion from her hus­band Tendai to go ahead with the scene.

“I was ner­vous. I have been mar­ried for al­most 10 years and this was a first for me. I asked for per­mis­sion from my hus­band first be­fore shoot­ing the scene. He was sup­port­ive and had a meet­ing with the film’s di­rec­tors and even the main ac­tor,” said Sel­mor. She said Tendai watched the scene and joked about it. “Tendai has watched the scene and at that time it wasn’t easy for me. Jok­ingly he’d say ‘hm­mmm what’s hap­pen­ing here.’ But be­cause we have such a firm foun­da­tion as a cou­ple he was happy at the end of the day. This was part of his job be­cause he is pro­duc­ing the mu­sic for each scene,” said Sel­mor. Asked how he felt upon see­ing his wife kiss an­other man, Tendai said he had never felt so proud of his wife. “When I watched the scene I felt so proud of my wife. I’m a mod­ern man and there wasn’t a hint of jeal­ousy as I un­der­stood it was art. Why I say I un­der­stand is that I’ve done it be­fore on my mu­sic video called Ndichifema,” said Tendai. On the steamy sex scenes in the film Sel­mor said they were part of movie mak­ing. “It’s some­thing that peo­ple in Zim­babwe should start to get used to as this is the di­rec­tion that film in the coun­try is head­ing. Just like how in the past our par­ents didn’t want us to wear trousers now they even buy them for us. This is the same with the movie,” said Sel­mor.

She said she was happy to be act­ing after a long time.

“It was ex­cit­ing to be in front of a cam­era after such a long time. The last time I acted was when I was 10 years old in the film I am the Fu­ture,” said Sel­mor.

Es­cape is a film about a mixed race man Charles who dis­cov­ers from his white mother (played by Maria Wil­son) that his fa­ther is Zim­bab­wean and is dy­ing. Charles de­cides to travel to Harare to find his fa­ther. He is a stranger in town and is en­veloped by mys­te­ri­ous sit­u­a­tions.

While in Harare he be­comes torn be­tween two women.

Tsitsi (played by Nothando Noben­gula) is the ‘da­m­aged’ and wicked wife to a ho­tel owner. She de­sires her hus­band dead by Charles’ hand. The other wo­man is Anna who is mod­ern and of­fers an al­ter­na­tive life to Charles.

Pro­ducer of the film Njagu ac­cord­ing to Zimbo Jam said: “This will be the first Zim­bab­wean film that car­ries ex­plicit sex scenes which will be a huge sur­prise and ta­boo. We hope to de­mys­tify that no­tion in lo­cal pro­duc­tions con­sid­er­ing how we con­sume western pro­duc­tions with sex scenes. Imag­ine here it seems un­think­able when peo­ple kiss in a lo­cal pro­duc­tion.”

It is yet to be seen if the Cen­sor­ship Board will al­low the film to show in its orig­i­nal form.

WED­DING OF . . . Tied the knot . . . I met . . . How did your hus­band pro­pose? How did you break the news to your friends and fam­ily? Lead­ing up to the wed­ding . . . Did you face any chal­lenges pre­par­ing for the wed­ding . . . We chose . . . Wed­ding colours . . . The wed­ding dress . . . The bridal team . . . The cake . . . Dé­cor . . . Ca­ter­ing . . . My favourite part of the wed­ding . . . Most touch­ing speech Guest list . . . Pho­tog­ra­phy . . . MC . . . Bud­get . . . Honeymoon . . . . . .

Sel­mor Mtukudzi who plays Anna in the movie played by Jose Mar­ques shares a pas­sion­ate kiss with the lead ac­tor Charles

Sel­mor Mtukudzi with hubby Tendai Manatsa

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