Two words, Freunde: OSCAR BOUND. Jawohl, Eastwoods Apartheid-Sport-Drama ist praktisch sicherer Oscar-Kandidat und dies nicht nur weil Morgan Freeman Nelson Mandela spielt und mit Rugby Südafrika einen will, Snip von Youtube:
From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africas underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Der Filmtitel “Invictus” ist zugleich Titel des Gedichts, aus dem Mandela im Knast der Erzählung nach Kraft schöpfte:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.