Today, we are premiering the poster along with seven images for the South African gritty crime drama Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema. Described as “AMERICAN GANGSTER set in South Africa, Johannesburg,” the film follows Lucky Kunene, an aspiring crime lord who attempts to hijack buildings from their owners and then hold the tenants’ rent hostage. However, this lands Kunene in the middle of police brutality and an escalating war with a local druglord. Kunene has to stay one step ahead in order to keep his empire and his life.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images in high-resolution plus the official synopsis. Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema hits theaters in limited release on June 11th.
Click on the poster to see it in high resolution.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema:
Inspired by a true story, Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead—or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.
Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is written and directed by Ralph Ziman, and stars Rapaulana Seiphemo (Tsotsi), Robert Hobbs (District 9), Kenneth Nkosi (District 9), Eugene Khumbanyiwa (District 9), and Louise Saint-Claire (District 9).