SA connection at Venice fest


Well known South African actor Andre Jacobs stars in the historical drama, Venus Noire (Black Venus), which is in official competition at this week’s Venice International Film Festival.

Venus Noire is directed by French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif  Kechiche and centres on the story of  Saartjie “Sarah’ Baartman, a Khoisan woman born in South Africa in the 18th Century who was enslaved and derogatorily known in Europe as the “Hottentot Venus’ because of her unusually large buttocks.

The film was shot in Italy, Belgium and France and produced by MK2 Productions and Lucky Red.

Cult American director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino is chairing the International Jury for the main competition of the 67th Venice International Film Festival which ends on 11 September. The jury will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes.

The Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat and the German director of Turkish origin Fatih Akin will chair respectively the International Juries of the Orizzonti section and of the "Luigi di Laurentiis" Award for a Debut Film.


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