Q&A with Michael Matthews on May 19

Five Fingers for Marseilles fuses western influences—from classic John Ford to “spaghetti” to revisionist eras—into a contemporary South African crime drama with a local flavor. Twenty years ago, the young “Five Fingers” fought for the rural town of Marseilles against brutal police oppression. After fleeing in disgrace, the freedom-fighter-turned-outlaw returns to Marseilles seeking a peaceful, pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. The great westerns have always contained sociopolitical threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on current South African politics is dark, edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human. New York Premiere