Focal Point – Black Butterflies (2011)
Black Butterflies is a Dutch film about the life of South-African poet Ingrid Jonker. The film was directed by Paula van der Oest and premiered in the Netherlands on February 6th before being released on March 31, 2011. Jonker is often hailed as South Africa’s Sylvia Plath.
Although Jonker spoke and wrote in Afrikaans and the film is a Dutch production, the film is spoken in English. The film starred Carice van Houten as Ingrid Jonker, Rutger Hauer as Abraham Jonker and Liam Cunningham as Jack Cope. It was written by Greg Latter and produced by Frans van Gestel, Richard Claus, Arry Voorsmit and Michael Auret.
The film has been reported to be the discerning viewer’s delight, and set in the 1960s Cape Town, takes a closer look at the Apartheid. The film had a running time of 110 minutes, and it holds a 73% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience rating is slightly lower at 63%.
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