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U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township.

Director:

Mark Dornford-May
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Credited cast:
Pauline Malefane Pauline Malefane ... Carmen
Andile Tshoni Andile Tshoni ... Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou Lungelwa Blou ... Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi Zweilungile Sidloyi ... Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali Andries Mbali ... Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana Zamile Gantana ... Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama Andiswa Kedama ... Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa Ruby Mthethwa ... Pinki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noluthando Boqwana Noluthando Boqwana ... Manelisa
Ross Garland Ross Garland ... Policeman
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U-CARMEN is a feature film based on Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera that was filmed on location in a modern South African township setting. The energy, compassion, and heat of township life in all its elements create a constantly visually interesting and dynamic background for the unfolding of the story, which owes part of its huge popularity to the thrilling combination of a violent gangster tale with a passionate, almost supernatural love story. As it unfolds, it explores issues of fame and wealth, the position of a strong and independently minded woman in a very masculine society and, perhaps most importantly, the incomprehensible attraction between abuser and victim. Bizet's opera, based on Prosper Merimée's novel, premiered in Paris on March 3, 1875. Set in a poor area of Seville, the story of the magnetic woman who seduces, loves, and ultimately destroys her lover and herself, is well known. Girl (Carmen) seduces boy (Don José), boy becomes completely obsessed, girl leaves ... Written by KOCH Lorber Films

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Musical | Drama | Romance

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Connections

Version of Carmen by Georges Bizet (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmen
Opera by Georges Bizet
performed by the South Africa Theater Company
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A South African Carmen
25 June 2019 | by Red-125See all my reviews

U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) is a South African movie co-written and directed by Mark Dornford-May. It's in partly in English and partly in the indigenous language Xhosa.

The film follows the plot of the opera. It's fascinating to move the film from 19th Century Spain to 21st Century South Africa, but it works.

In the same way, Pauline Malefane, in the title role, doesn't look the way we unconsciously assume Carmen will look. (Think of Maria Callas or Elina Garanca in the opera.)

Malefane is a robust, strong woman who plays the role well. It just took a few moments for me to realize that she is, indeed Carmen, and she looks just great for the part.

We saw this movie on the large screen, but it will work well enough on a smaller screen. I recommend it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

Xhosa | English

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ZAR5,279,093 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,616
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Spier Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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