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Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2008
Triomf
Michaël Raeburn
Date de sortie en France : 26/05/2010
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Réalisateur(s) : Michaël Raeburn
Avec : Michaël Raeburn, Michaël Raeburn, Lyndon Plant, Malcom Kohll
Durée : 118
Genre : drame
Type : fiction

Français

D’après le roman de Marlene Van Niekerk (Prix Noma de la Littérature Africaine).

1994. Dans 5 jours auront lieu les premières élections démocratiques d’Afrique du Sud, que Mandela gagnera. La tension est grande dans le pays, et surtout à Triomf, la banlieue blanche et pauvre de Johannesburg, construite sur les ruines de Sophiatown où vivait auparavant la communauté noire. La famille Benade, qui serait considérée aux États-Unis comme « white trash », (Pop est retraité des chemins de fer ; sa femme, Mol, vendait des fleurs dans la rue ; leur fils, Lambert, est un jeune attardé, sujet à de violentes crises d’épilepsie ; et Oncle Treppie répare des réfrigérateurs) est si inquiète du résultat des élections qu’elle s’est préparée à une grande fuite vers le Nord.

Interprétation / Cast
Lionel Newton, Vanessa cooke, Obed Baloyi, Eduan Van Jaarsfeldt, Paul Luckhoff, Pam Andrews

2008 – 1h58 mn – Couleur – 35 mm

Ventes Internationales / Sales
Giraffe Creations

Film soutenu par le Fonds Sud Cinéma et le Fonds Images Afrique


FESTIVALS / PRIX / AWARDS / TELEVISIONS

2008 | Pavillon Les Cinémas du Sud – Festival de Cannes | CANNES, France | http://www.lescinemasdusud.org/TRIOMF.html
Sélection

English

March 1994 South Africa. On the day of the first free election Lambert Benade will turn 21, and Uncle Treppie promises him the girl of his dreams. But, in this hilariously horrendous tragi-comedy, as a new world is born, two members of the wild, crazy and destitute family are destined to die.

A Hillarious Horrendous Comedy by Michael Raeburn
based on the award-winning novel by Marlene van Niekerk

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL RAEBURN
WRITERS: MICHAEL RAEBURN/ MALCOLM KOHLL
PRODUCERS: MICHAEL RAEBURN & LYNDON PLANT
FRENCH PRODUCER: CAROLINE CHOMIENNE


PRODUCTION:
GIRAFFE CREATIONS – South Africa
G. H. FILMS – France

In association with
RED PILL PRODUCTIONS (South Africa) – Natalie Stange Ryan Fortune
SYCOMORE FILMS (France) Thomas Bertay, Fred Nicolas

Produced with the participation of FONDS SUD CINEMA/FONDS IMAGES AFRIQUE Ministère de la Culture et de la Commuication-CNC Ministère des Affaires Etrangères (France)

STARRING:

LIONEL NEWTON as Treppie
VANESSA COOKE as Mol
OBED BALOYI as Sonny
PAUL LUCKHOFF as Pop
EDUAN VAN JAARSVELDT as Lambert
PAM ANDREWS as Cleo

MUSIC COMPOSER: PHILIP MILLER
CASTING DIRECTOR: MOONEYEEN LEE

Based on the novel by Marlene Van Niekerk (Noma Prize for African Literature).

1994 – in five days the first South African democratic elections will take place. Tensions are high throughout the land, and no less so in Triomf, the poor white suburb of Johannesburg that was built on the ruins of the mixed-race community of Sophiatown.

The Benade family, who’d be considered hillbillies in the USA (Uncle Treppie fixes fridges, Pop’s a railway pensioner, and his wife Mol used to sell flowers in the street, and their son, Lambert, is a slow-witted youth prone to violent fits) are so worried about the elections that they’re prepared for an escape north’when the shit hits the fan!’ Already things are not what they used to be in Triomf with’coloured’ neighbours having rowdy barbecues, and there’s a black family moving in across the street.

The action of the film revolves around the dynamics within the Benade family. These are highly-strung, often horrendous and consistently hilarious. Key events include : Pop’s successful gambling escapade in the big city which ends in a celebration dinner at a fast-food restaurant ; the acquisition by Lambert of a revolver at a city rubbish dump where his African friend Sonny actually lives ; the family’s accidental involvement in a Peace March which they initially misconceive to be the start of the revolution ; and an operatic fight with their neighbours about noise on a Saturday night.

The interaction between Treppie and Lambert is the driving force behind the story. Treppie’s not just fed up with Lambert, but with the family’s poverty, their suffocating social isolation, and everything they stand for including their own history as Afrikaners which he sees as clouded by distortions, lies and pretence. Treppie doesn’t really know what the solution to all this is, but the new South Africa is on its way, and he wants change.

Co-incidence would have it that Lambert’s 21st birthday is on the first day of polling, and Uncle Treppie plans a special present for him : a meeting with a girl he’s met who is kind and understanding and who might find a soft spot for him. What Treppie really wants is to get Lambert out of the house and out of his life at any price.

The climax is truly explosive after Lambert discovers that his prospective girlfriend is a whore, and after Treppie, in his mad desperation, reveals a dark’family secret’ that explains why the young man is such a genetic’monster’. But in the end it will be Lambert and his friend Sonny who triumph over Treppie.


PRE-PRODUCTION
June 2007

SHOOTING
September-October 2007
in Johannesburg

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ESPAGNOL
Cuenta atrás para las primeras elecciones democráticas en Sudáfrica. La tensión es más intensa en un barrio donde vive una alocada y desenfrenada familia blanca, pobre y marginada, que quieres huir. Una ácida y desconcertante alegoría sobre el final de apartheid y el comienzo de otro mundo.