The 14-year old Ghanaian street vendor, Abraham Attah successfully carved a name out for himself in the international film space, last year when he won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, for his lead role, alongside Idris Elba, in Netflix’s first original feature movie, “Beasts of No Nation.”
According to the film’s director Cary Fukunaga, Abraham who is said to be without any acting background was picked from the streets of Ghana on one of the days, during the shooting of the movie, where he was found playing football with his friends. He was then randomly chosen to take part in casting workshops for the blockbuster movie.
“The lead in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was essentially a street vendor before we shot the film. He had zero film experience, little education…but he became a somewhat professional actor, which was astounding to watch. His unlikely star’s name is Abraham Attah, and he is a 14-year-old who plays an 11-year-old child soldier in the film. Abraham’s character joins a militant group from an unnamed West African country that is led by a brutal warlord, played by Idris Elba (“Luther”)…
about 30 of the kids were also selected, and we did this theater workshop and tried scenes that were in the script, and we would improvise. The kids are fast learners, they quickly understood that the better they did the longer they stayed as potential casts.”
Based on the 2005 novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the film had wowed critics at Venice and Toronto Film Festivals had already been tipped for an Oscar.
Between the year 2015 to 2016, the movie has successfully bagged 25 wins and 47 nominations!
Watch the trailer of the movie below!
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