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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Musical | Drama | Romance

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Details

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:

ZAR 5,279,093 (estimated)
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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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Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Carmen, Baby (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmen
Opera by Georges Bizet
performed by the South Africa Theater Company
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Gorgeous
15 February 2005 | by funoon25See all my reviews

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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