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by Abdellatif Kechiche


Paris, 1817: inside the Royal Academy of Medicine. “I have never seen a human head more similar to that of an ape’s.” Standing in front of a cast made of Saartjie Baartman’s body, anatomist Georges Cuvier is categorical. A group of his distinguished colleagues cheers. Seven years earlier, Saartjie had left South Africa with her master Caezar and abandoned her body to the audiences of London’s freak shows. Both free and a slave, she was the icon of the slums, the “Hottentot Venus” who was sacrificed to the mirage of golden success.

international title: Black Venus
original title: Vénus noire
country: France
sales agent: MK2 Films
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
film run: 166'
release date: FR 27/10/2010, BE 03/11/2010, NL 06/01/2011, IT 17/06/2011
screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche
cast: Yahima Torres, Olivier Gourmet, André Jacobs, Jonathan Pienaar, Olivier Loustau, Eric Moreau, Diane Stewart, Ralph Amoussou, Elina Löwensohn
cinematography by: Lubomir Bakchev
film editing: Camille Toubkis, Ghalya Lacroix, Laurent Roüan, Albertine Lastera
art director: Florian Sanson
costumes designer: Fabio Perrone
producer: Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz
production: MK2 Productions, France 3 Cinéma
distributor: MK2 Distribution, Lucky Red, Imagine, September Film Distribution


main awards/selection

Biennale di Venezia 2010 In competition

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