An early version of the South African film Tsotsi, which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film, is being pirated in South Africa with a different ending from the one that appeared in the theatrical release, the BBC reported today (Tuesday). According to the broadcaster, director Gavin Hood actually filmed three different endings before settling on the one shown in theaters. However, the pirate version -- which is reportedly selling on the streets of Johannesburg for less than a quarter of the bona fide version -- uses an ending from a rough-cut that was allegedly stolen from the editing room before the final cut was completed. The BBC quoted Hood as saying, "It's a rough mess, so anyone who buys it is getting a poor-quality version."  


21/03/2006