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by Oliver Hermanus


Francois lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Father of two daughters and a devoted husband, he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean and ordered existence. 23-year-old Christian is the son of a long lost friend. By all accounts he is the personification of a handsome young man in the prime of his life. Francois is so disarmed by the young man that it instantly ignites within him an all consuming infatuation and misplaced lust. Despite his careful concealed disgust for himself, Francois pours out the lost emotions he has despised all his life in what becomes a desperate attempt at taking from the world that which he has always secretly wanted: Happiness.

international title: Beauty
original title: Skoonheid
country: South Africa, France
sales agent: mk2 films
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Oliver Hermanus
film run: 99'
release date: FR 12/10/2011, NL 23/02/2012, DE 08/03/2012, BE 18/04/2012, UK 20/04/2012, PL 25/05/2012
screenplay: Oliver Hermanus
cast: Dean Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott, Albert Maritz, Roeline Daneel, Sue Diepeveen
cinematography by: Jamie Ramsay
film editing: George Hanmer
art director: J. Franz Lewis
music: Ben Ludik
production: Swift Productions, Moonlighting Films (ZA)
distributor: Swift, Pro-Fun Media GmbH, Peccadillo Pictures, Tongariro Releasing, Abc Distribution

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