MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Nina Simone’s Biopic ‘Nina’ stars Zoe Saldana & David Oyelowo

Zoe Saldana was announced in 2012 to play legendary singer/songwriter Nina Simone in the biopic Nina, and it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014.

She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton’s encouragement, the “high priestess of soul” began a courageous journey back to her music … and, eventually, herself.

Saldana is joined in the film by David Oyelowo (Selma, Red Tails) as Clifton Henderson, Simone’s manager. Nina also features Mike Epps, Ronald Guttman and Ella Thomas.

The movie will open at Ster-kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 July, Here is the trailer to get you started:

 

 

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