DUST

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DUST

Marion Hänsel
B/F, 1985
86min, eOF

DUST

Marion Hänsel
B/F, 1985
, 86min, eOF

Cast: 
Jane Birkin
Magda
René Díaz
Jacob
Trevor Howard
Vater
John Matshikiza
Hendrick
Nadine Uwampa
Klein Anna
Tom Vrebus
Piet
Lourdes Christina Sayo Momoboko
Anna
Screenplay: 
Marion Hänsel nach einem Roman von J.M. Coetzee
Sound: 
Henri Morelle
Camera: 
Walther van den Ende
Editor: 
Susana Rossberg
Composer: 
Martin St. Pierre
Decoration: 
Pierre-Louis Thévenet
Costume: 
Yan Tax

Production: 
Mans Film Productions
World Sales: 
Flach Pyramide 5 rue du Chevalier de Saint-George 75008 Paris, Frankreich T 1 42 96 02 20, pricher@pyramidefilms.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Cape Province, South Africa. In a remote farmhouse, spinsterly Magda tends to her stern, imperious father. Life might continue this way forever, were it not for an intrusion into the household by a new maid that arouses a maelstrom (or Magdas dreams) of seduction, jealousy, murder and rape. Hänsels stark adaptation of J.M. Coetzees «In the Heart of the Country» is a strangely interior film, viewed through the lonely eyes of the repressed Magda. As the film somewhat uneasily blends reality and fantasy, family bonds are twisted, master-servant roles are reversed, and «the work of generations falls to ruins». But for all its admirable evocation of Magdas mounting hatred and hysteria, Hänsels approach is finally flawed by its careful adherence to introspective, literary qualities. (Geoff Andrew)