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Die Wonderwerker (2012)

Die Wonderwerker tells the story of Eugène Marais, a famous Afrikaans writer, poet and researcher. The story focuses on the few months he spends on the Van Rooyen's farm, where he falls in love with the 19-year-old Jane Brayshaw.

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Katinka Heyns

Writer:

Chris Barnard
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Cast overview:
Dawid Minnaar Dawid Minnaar ... Eugène Marais
Elize Cawood Elize Cawood ... Maria van Rooyen
Marius Weyers ... Gys van Rooyen
Anneke Weidemann Anneke Weidemann ... Jane Brayshaw 1908
Erica Wessels Erica Wessels ... Jane Brayshaw 1934
Kaz McFadden Kaz McFadden ... Adriaan van Rooyen
Sandra Kotzé Sandra Kotzé ... Hessie van Deventer (as Sandra Kotze)
Cobus Rossouw Cobus Rossouw ... Jos van Deventer
Rika Sennett Rika Sennett ... Mrs. Hotine
Amor Tredoux Amor Tredoux ... Alice
Vaneshran Arumugam Vaneshran Arumugam ... Ebrahim Ravat
Lika Berning Lika Berning ... Annie
Albert Pretorius Albert Pretorius ... Hendrik (as Albertus Pretorius)
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Die Wonderwerker tells the story of Eugène Marais, a famous Afrikaans writer, poet and researcher. The story focuses on the few months he spends on the Van Rooyen's farm, where he falls in love with the 19-year-old Jane Brayshaw.

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An absorbing, moving and excellent film - filmed on rugged and beautiful rural locations
4 January 2013 | by JeffersonCodySee all my reviews

DIE WONDERWERKER (2012): with Dawid Minnaar, Elize Cawood, Marius Weyers, Anneke Weideman, Kaz McFadden, Sandra Kotzé and Cobus Rossouw, directed by Katinka Heyns. Rating: *** ½ out of **** stars. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

An absorbing, moving and excellent period drama - filmed on rugged, magnificent rural locations - which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend to discerning cinema goers.

Like "Roepman", "Jerusalema" and "Tsotsi", Katinka Heyns' "Die Wonderwerker" is one of the best South Africans films I have seen yet.

Beautifully photographed, and sensitively and passionately directed by Katinka Heyns ("Paljas", "Die Storie van Klara Viljee") from a finely detailed script by her husband Chris Barnard, it is, in my opinion, world class fare. An affecting Dawid Minnaar is marvelous as the famous (in South Africa) Afrikaans poet, naturalist, writer and morphine addict Eugene Marais and the entire cast is very good, but Elize Cawood is absolutely outstanding and is likely to garner many local awards.

This is the second South African film about Eugene Marais - Athol Fugard played him in the fine, award winning, Ross Devenish-directed 1977 movie, "The Guest" (An Episode in the Life of Eugene Marais). "Die Wonderwerker", however, is a far superior film to "The Guest".


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South Africa

Language:

Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (South Africa) See more »

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South Africa

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