It tells the story of Agu (Abraham Attah) who when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. He won Marcello Mastroianni Award forBest Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015.
He laid to rest reports about whether he was a street vendor or not before he was discovered for his role in the movie in an interview with The New York Times.
“People are saying I was a street vendor, but I’m not a street vendor. I was in school. We were playing football on our school field, and a white man was watching when I was playing. I thought he needed someone for the football team. He told us we should go for an audition. I was working hard for the role, so I got the role.”
dris Elba played the commander of the mercenary unit.
The movie directed by Award-winning Cary Fukunaga has premiered at a number of prestigious film festivals across the world.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, it was partly shot in Ghana and also stars Ama K. Abebrese, David Dontoh and Grace Omaboe.
The folks at Vulture believe, and we agree with them that Attah stands the chance of getting an Oscar nomination for his role in the movie.
Abraham Atta, Beasts of No Nation. The 14-year-old Atta gives Beasts its soul as the movie’s child soldier, but while Academy members have proven willing to reward young girls like Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin over the last decade, they haven’t paid much attention to boys since Haley Joel Osment in 1999’s The Sixth Sense. Especially in a category like Best Actor, which tends to skew older, Atta has a tough road ahead of him.