Black Venus

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Country: France and Italy
Year: 2010
Running Time: 159 min
Language: French, English, Afrikaans, and Dutch

Based on the true story of Sarah Baartman, the African woman who was displayed as a freak show attraction in the racially-obsessed Europe of the early 1800’s. The sad tale unfolds in the gritty London circuses and genteel Paris salons where Baartman was forced to perform like a trained animal – and finally in the bars and brothels where she found an early death.

About the Director

Abdellatif Kéchiche

Biography: Abdellatif Kéchiche (Arabic: عبد اللطيف كشيش‎, born 7 December 1960 in Tunis, Tunisia) is an actor, movie director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire (Blame It on Voltaire), which he also wrote. His following feature film, L’Esquive (Games of Love and Chance -2003) truly revealed him, winning a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) at the 64th Mostra del Cinema in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize, the FIPRESCI Prize, the Louis Delluc Prize and, once again, César Awards for Best Film and Best Director. His following film, Black Venus (2010) met critical success as well. In 2013, he won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with his film La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 (Blue Is the Warmest Colour). Kéchiche has had a rich career as an actor, too.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdellatif_Kechiche)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Black Venus (2011).

Filmography:
La Faute à Voltaire [Blame It on Voltaire] (2000);
L’Esquive [Games of Love and Chance] (2003);
La Graine et le Mulet [The Secret of the Grain] (2007);
Sueur [Sweat] (2008);
Black Venus (2010);
La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 [Blue Is the Warmest Colour] (2013).