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BLACK BUTTERFLIES

TFF 2011 Directed by Paula van der Oest
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE BLACK BUTTERFLIES [TFF 2011]
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Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives.

Ravishing cinematography and a classical approach to dramatic storytelling augment van Houten's magnetic central performance as a woman governed by equal parts genius and mercurial gloom. Her inner turmoil mirrored her country's upheaval, but in this achingly heartfelt period drama the people always have center stage, not the politics.

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Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives.

Ravishing cinematography and a classical approach to dramatic storytelling augment van Houten's magnetic central performance as a woman governed by equal parts genius and mercurial gloom. Her inner turmoil mirrored her country's upheaval, but in this achingly heartfelt period drama the people always have center stage, not the politics.

Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 100 minutes
Language: English
Country: Germany, Netherlands, South Africa
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
Director: Paula van der Oest
Screenwriter: Greg Latter
Producer: Frans van Gestel, Richard Claus, Michael Auret, Arry Voorsmit
Editor: Sander Vos
Director of Photography: Giulio Biccari
Production Designer: Darryl Hammer
Composer: Philip Miller
Contacts

Director
Paula van der Oest
c/o Frans van Gestel, IDTV Film
Amsterdam, 1033 SE
Phone: +31.20.314.3322
paulavanderoest@me.com

Press Contact
Sebastian Kiesmueller
Bavaria Film International
Geiselgasteig, 82031
Phone: +49.89.6499.3274
sebastian.kiesmueller@bavaria-film.de

Press Contact
Brian Geldin
Phone: 917-549-2953
brian@briangeldin.com

Director
Paula van der Oest
c/o Frans van Gestel, IDTV Film
Amsterdam, 1033 SE
Phone: +31.20.314.3322
paulavanderoest@me.com

Press Contact
Sebastian Kiesmueller
Bavaria Film International
Geiselgasteig, 82031
Phone: +49.89.6499.3274
sebastian.kiesmueller@bavaria-film.de

Press Contact
Brian Geldin
Phone: 917-549-2953
brian@briangeldin.com

About the Director(s)
PAULA VAN DER OEST studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. In 1996 she directed her first feature Another Mother, which was awarded the Holland Film Award. Her breakthrough came in 2001 with Zus & Zo, which was nominated for an Oscar®. Her 2002 thriller Moonlight received numerous awards.

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