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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Abdellatif Kechiche’s Black Venus

Working with probably his largest budget to date, Kechiche touches upon the immigrant narrative once again, but inside the context of a biographical, historical approach – Baartman is perhaps this year’s most unusual choice for a biopic treatment.

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#02. Black Venus

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Writer(s): Kechiche and Ghalya Laroix
Producers: MK2’s Charles Gillibert, Marin and Nathanaël Karmitz
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: Inspired by the true story of Saartjie Baartman, a South African slave whose unusually oversized features brought her to 19th century Europe, where she found fame (born with physical deformities, she ended up being exhibited as a circus freak in Paris) and fought for her own freedom.

Cast: Known for working with non-actors, the lead actress was chosen via an open-casting call. Olivier Gourmet stars.

Why is it on the list?: Working with probably his largest budget to date, Kechiche touches upon the immigrant narrative once again, but inside the context of a biographical, historical approach – Baartman is perhaps this year’s most unusual choice for a biopic treatment. 

Release Date/Status?: Currently filming, in all likelihood this should preem in Venice.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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