U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha

Film, Drama
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Time Out says

Or: British director Mark Dornford-May’s film version of his stage production of Bizet’s opera version of Mérimée’s short story, set in twenty-first-century Khayelitsha, Cape Town, with the libretto in Xhosa and modern cultural references – radios, condoms – thrown in. Don José – Jongikhaya (Tshoni), as he’s called here – is not a soldier but a cop; Carmen (smouldering Malefane) works in a ciggie factory. The singing’s good, and the tunes familiar; as cinema, though, it’s competent at best. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin this year, which rather makes you wonder about the rest of the entrants.

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday April 21 2006
Duration:
120 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Mark Dornford-May
Screenwriter:
Mark Dornford-May, Andiswa Kadema, Pauline Malefane
Cast:
Pauline Malefane
Andries Mbali
Andile Tshoni
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