Black Venus

Vénus noire
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

France, Drama, 2010, 166 min, french, afrikaans and english with lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Paris, 1817, inside the Royal Academy of Medicine. “I have never seen a human head more similar to that of an ape’s.” Standing in front of a cast made of Saartjie Baartman’s body, anatomist Georges Cuvier (François Marthouret) is categorical. A group of his distinguished colleagues cheers. Seven years earlier, Saartjie (Yahima Torres) had left South Africa with her master Caezar (André Jacobs) and abandoned her body to the audiences of London’s freak shows. Both free and a slave, she was the icon of the slums, the “Hottentot Venus” who was sacrificed to the mirage of golden success.” The trouble was, everyone wanted her to be something she wasn’t... Abdellatif Kechiche‘s “Black Venus” is a dramatic story on exploitation and defiance, nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2010 (Italy).


2010 – Equal Opportunity Prize at the Venice Film Festival (Italy).

Section: Abdellatif Kechiche film retrospective

Screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalya Lacroix

Dir. of Photography: Lubomir Bakchev

Music: Slaheddine Kechiche

Cast: Yahima Torres, André Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn, François Marthouret, Michel Gionti