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LONG Métrage | 1980
Marigolds in August
Ross Devenish
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Réalisateur(s) : Ross Devenish
Avec : Athol Fugard, John Kani
Durée : 84
Genre : politique
Type : fiction


Réal : Ross Devenish

1980, Afrique du Sud, Fiction, 1h24 minutes


Fugard’s intense political opinions were enough for the USSR to object to Marigolds screening during the 1980 Berlin Festival, but the objections were soon dropped when the Soviet authorities learned that Fugard had already built up a strong fan following in Eastern Europe (for various reasons, the film was not released in the US up until 1984).
Winston Ntshona stars as a black South African gardener who travels by foot into a white community looking for a job. Upon arriving, Ntshona discovers that another black (John Kani), may have already been hired for the same job. Ntshona ruins the chances for his competitor (Kani) – by accusing him of planning a theft. Both men are eventually hired by a fellow outcast – a white poacher (played by Athol Fugard himself). The message would seem to be that if the’have-nots’ of the world stick together, it matters little how badly they’re treated by the fortunate few that’have. »?

1980, Drama, 84 minutes

Dir: Ross Devenish

Prod: Jonathan Cohen

Country: South Africa

Athol Fugard, Joyce Hesha, John Kani, Mabel Ntshinga

1980: Berlin International Film Festival – Interfilm Award – Otto Dibelius Film Award Competition Nominated for Golden Bear Award