Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 1974
Boesman et Lena [Réal: Ross Devenish]
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 102 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : fiction


Réalisateur : Ross Devenish

avec : A. Fugard et Y. Bryceland

Le film BOESMAN AND LENA est adaptée d’une pièce de théâtre éponyme d’Athol Fugard (Afrique du Sud), écrite en 1969.

Ce film est la première adaptation au cinéma, avanat la version de John Berry en 2000.


A mixed-race couple takes to the road when their shanty is demolished. Laden with a bizarre collection of thrown-out objects they come, at last, to the desolate mudflats of the Swartkops River and set up a makeshift home. Boesman, savage and bitter, has grown up thinking of himself as white man’s rubbish. Lena, the target of his brutality, refuses to believe that she is worthless. This gritty film, the earlier of two adaptations of Athol Fugard’s famous play (this one starring Fugard himself), depicts a world in which every movement is monitored, controlled, and regulated, and every small privilege hard-won and precious – a world in which any kind of freedom is a valuable commodity.

by Ross Devenish
1973, 102 minutes, 35mm

Director: Ross Devenish

Writer: Athol Fugard

Stars: Yvonne Bryceland (Lena), Val Donald-Bell and Athol Fugard (Boesman)

Country: South Africa
Language: English
Runtime: 102 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Color: Color

Filming Locations: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Bluewater Productions

– Fiction Film & Television Limited
– New Yorker Films (1976) (USA)
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