Black Venus

166 minutes

In the early 19th century, European society has a hard time dealing with a black South African woman who is being paraded as a carnival attraction of her own accord. A forgotten true story is turned into an intense, often uncomfortable meditation on social and cultural mores in Western society, its bravura handling more than making up for the occasional overstep into an overwhelming earnestness.

An MK2 presentation/production, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma; with the participation of Canal Plus, France Télévisions, Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée, Cinécinéma; in association with Soficinéma 5, Artémis Productions; with the support of Région Île-de-France, ACSE, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique. (French distributor, MK2 Diffusion. World sales, MK2.)
Starring Yahima Torrès, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn, François Marthouret, Michel Gionti, Jean-Christophe Bouvet.
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche; produced by Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert; written by Mr. Kechiche, Ghalya Lacroix; music by Slaheddine Kechiche; directors of photography (Eclair), Lubomir Bakchev, Sofian el Fani; production designers, Florian Sanson, Mathieu Menut; costume designer, Fabio Perrone; film editors, Camille Toubkis, Ms. Lacroix, Laurent Rouan, Albertine Lastera.
Screened: Venice Film Festival advance press screening, Palazzo del Casinò - Sala Perla (Venice), September 7th 2010.


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