Black Butterflies Directed by Paula van der Oest, 2011
A biopic of iconic poet Ingrid Jonker in 1960s Apartheid South Africa
Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa’s finest poet. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Valkyrie, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister (Rutger Hauer, Batman Begins), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives.
Cast:Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
Crew:Greg Latter (writer)
“Highly intelligent, brilliantly thesped” – Variety
“van Houten…thoroughly embodies Jonker's passion in all its highs and lows” – Slant Magazine
“Captivating, classical biopic” – The Hollywood Reporter