VÉNUS NOIRE

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VÉNUS NOIRE

Black Venus

Abdellatif Kechiche
F, 2010
Fiction, 160min, OmeU

VÉNUS NOIRE

Abdellatif Kechiche
F, 2010
Fiction, 160min, OmeU

Cast: 
Yahima Torres
Saartjie Baartman
Olivier Gourmet
Réaux
André Jacobs
Hendrick Caezar
Elina Löwensohn
Jeanne
François Marthouret
Georges Cuvier
Screenplay: 
Abdellatif Kechiche
Ghalya Laroix
Sound: 
Nicolas Waschkowski
Camera: 
Lubomir Bakchev
Sofian El Fani
Editor: 
Camille Toubkis
Composer: 
Slaheddine Kechiche
Decoration: 
Florian Sanson
Costume: 
Virginie Bluzat

Production: 
MK2, France 2 Cinema
World Sales: 
MK2
Format: 
35 mm
Color

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.