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Black Venus Blu-ray
Drama / Historical




Black Venus

Between Couscous, winner of three César Awards, and the Cannes triumph of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche made Black Venus, a stark portrait of the life of Saartjie Baartman, also known as the ‘Hottentot Venus’.

Baartman was taken from South African home as a 21-year-old and shipped to Georgian London, where she would be caged and exhibited as a freak show. Presented semi-nude, her physique – especially her large buttocks – was the source of much curiosity. But as her ‘fame’ spread, so too did her exploitation…

Centred on a remarkable performance by Cuban actor Yahima Torres as Baartman, Black Venus provides a bleak but barbed exploration of sex, science, race, colonialism and social attitudes.

Production Year: 2010
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 162 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: French / English
Subtitles: English
Audio: 5.1 / 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Colour: Colour
TITLE NAME
Director Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast Yahima Torres
Cast Andre Jacobs
Cast Olivier Gourmet

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand-new appreciation of Black Venus and the cinema of Abdellatif Kechiche by critic Neil Young
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring and original newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Will Higbee, author of Post-Beur Cinema: North African Émigré and Maghrebi-French Filmmaking in France Since 2000

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