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LONG Métrage | 1989
Une Saison blanche et sèche
Titre original : Weiße Zeit der Dürre [Germany] | Un’ Arida stagione bianca [Italy]
Date de sortie en France : 08/11/1989
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Support : 35 mm
Durée : 97 minutes
Genre : politique
Type : fiction


Ben du Toit est un enseignant qui n’a rien à se reprocher. Quand le fils de son gardien est brutalisé par la police pour avoir osé manifester, il commence à réaliser que la nation sud-africaine est construite sur l’injustice et l’exploitation des Noirs.

Prix Médicis étranger en 1980, Une saison blanche et sèche est le quatrième roman d’André Brink. Traduit dans une dizaine de langues, il fut interdit à sa parution en Afrique du Sud.

Une saison blanche et sèche (‘n Droë wit Seisoen / A Dry White Season, 1979), roman traduit de l’anglais par Robert Fouques-Duparc, Stock, « Nouveau cabinet cosmopolite », 1980 – nouvelle édition : 1989, 372 p., 120 F – nouvelle édition : L. G. F., « Le Livre de poche » n°5638, 1982 / nouvelle édition : 1992 : préface, documentation, notes, commentaires et glossaire par Ann Wakefield et Gilbert Pestureau, 429 p., 36 F.

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Dry White Season (A)
In A Dry White Season, Donald Sutherland portrays the character of Ben Du Toit, a South African school teacher. The story takes place during the Apartheid movement that lasted from 1948 until 1994.

The story begins when Ben’s gardener, a black man named Gordon, seeks his help while investigating the death of his son. Like many South African whites, Ben refuses to get involved in the racial divides that have been tearing the country apart, thinking that Gordon’s claims against the white minority government are unfounded. Things change when Ben sees firsthand the brutality by his own race against blacks, particularly when he sees the dead body of Gordon at the morgue not long after being tortured at the hands of the local police.

Upset by this turn of events, Ben retains Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando), a human rights attorney, to assist him with the case. Ben’s political awakening is so complete by this time that his crusade to bring those responsible for the deaths of Gordon and his family members eventually take their toll on his own family.

A Dry White Season /Une Saison Blanche et Sèche
(1989 Political action thriller)
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jurgen Prochnow, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando.
Written by Colin Welland and Euzhan Palcy.
Produced by MGM Studios

A Dry White Season was created in 1989 by Davros Films and Sundance Productions and distributed by MGM. It was directed by Euzhan Palcy and produced by Paula Weinstein, Mary Selway and Tim Hampton. The screenplay was by Colin Welland and Euzhan Palcy, based upon André Brink’s novel with the same name. Robert Bolt also contributed uncredited revisions of the screenplay.

The film stars Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando (who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). It is set in South Africa, and deals with the subject of apartheid.

The film was shot at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England and on location in Zimbabwe.

Runtime:97 min | West Germany:107 min
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1
Sound Mix:Dolby

From [Wikipedia]

Release dates for
Japan: September 1989 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
Canada: 10 September 1989 (Toronto Film Festival)
USA: 20 September 1989
Austria: November 1989
Netherlands: 3 November 1989
France: 8 November 1989
West Germany: 16 November 1989
Hong Kong: 23 November 1989
Finland: 5 January 1990
UK: 19 January 1990 (London)
Sweden: 9 February 1990
UK: 9 February 1990
Turkey: May 1990
Australia: 25 October 1990

Also Known As (AKA)
Weiße Zeit der Dürre, Austria / West Germany
Árida estación blanca, Una Spain
Arida stagione bianca, Un’ Italy
Assassínio Sob Custódia, Portugal
Forrongó évszak, Hungary
Kuru beyaz bir mevsim, Turkey (Turkish title)
Mia skliri lefki epohi, Greece
Sucha biala pora, Poland
Torr vit årstid, En, Sweden
Une saison blanche et sèche, France
Valkoinen kuiva kausi, Finland
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