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A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Pauline Malefane ... Carmen
Andile Tshoni ... Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou ... Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi ... Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali ... Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana ... Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama ... Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa ... Pinki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noluthando Boqwana ... Manelisa
Ross Garland ... Policeman

Directed by
Mark Dornford-May 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Dornford-May 
Ludovic Halévy  opera libretto "Carmen"
Andiswa Kedama 
Pauline Malefane 
Henri Meilhac  opera libretto "Carmen"
Prosper Mérimée  novella (uncredited)

Produced by
Mark Dornford-May .... producer
Lucinda Englehart .... associate producer
Ross Garland .... executive producer
Ross Garland .... producer
Niki Hall-Jones .... line producer
Tanya Wagner .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari 
Film Editing by
Ronelle Loots 
Production Design by
Craig Smith 
Costume Design by
Jessica Dornford-May 
Makeup Department
Jack Dagogo .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Randy Crabb .... production manager
Nicci Van Niekerk .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claire Letoret .... first assistant director
Trish Wylie .... second assistant director
Art Department
Henry Louw .... property master
Sound Department
Carmen Borgia .... sound re-recording mixer
Barry Donnelly .... dialogue editor
Barry Donnelly .... sound designer
Barry Donnelly .... sound editor
Barry Donnelly .... sound effects editor
Simon Rice .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarel Eloff .... additional cinematographer
Kenny Fisher .... chief lighting technician
Guy Hodgen .... first assistant camera
Zak O'Leary .... key grip (as Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary)
Justin Youens .... camera operator: "b" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonie Roberts .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Nerissa Black .... post-production coordinator
Catherine Pantazopoulos .... colorist
Jonene van Zyl .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Charles Hazlewood .... conductor
Transportation Department
Peter Ndifon .... unit transport manager
Other crew
Ozren K. Glaser .... production coordinator
Sharifa Ismail .... accountant
Joel Mthethwa .... choreographer
Rob Muir .... title designer: opening titles
J.C. Smuts .... production coordinator
Neil Stuart .... title designer
Ria Van Heerden .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"U-Carmen" - South Africa (English title) (DVD title)
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Germany:120 min | USA:122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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Movie Connections:
Version of The Loves of Carmen (1948)See more »
CarmenSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Gorgeous, 15 February 2005
Author: funoon25 from Germany

This film, a remake of the opera Carmen set in a South African township and sung in Xhosa, is fantastic. Pauline Malefane was amazing in the role of Carmen. Director Dornford-May played on his experience as a theater director for some real strengths in this movie -- I liked the way he stuck to the Greek theatrical convention of bloodshed happening offstage throughout the film without shirking from the sense of violence underpinning both the original opera and this new setting. The ways in which he wove in quirkier elements from the opera Carmen were delightful (I thought: How on earth is he going to get a bullfighter in here?), and the interplay between the Carmen score and South African music was superb. I loved it.

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