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U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha

  • Film

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.
Written by SC

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 21 April 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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