Boesman and Lena


1h 28m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Carrying bottles and pots around their shoulders, and a few pieces of clothing, Boesman and Lena are forced to roam dusty clay roadways in search of shelter and a better existence. Driven from their shanty once again by the white man, they walk the South African Cape Flats, a place that they've been

Film Details

Release Date
2000
Production Company
PathT International; Pathe Image; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Kino International; Kino International; Kino Video; PathT International; PathT International; Pathe Image
Location
Capetown, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

Synopsis

Carrying bottles and pots around their shoulders, and a few pieces of clothing, Boesman and Lena are forced to roam dusty clay roadways in search of shelter and a better existence. Driven from their shanty once again by the white man, they walk the South African Cape Flats, a place that they've been many times before, in a life they've been forced to live before. Lena, haunted by memories of happier days, wants to talk abou their plight to find answers and meaning to her life. Boesman, filled with rage, spite and fear, wants to numb himself with wine and quiet Lena with his fists. As the night falls, a stranger appears. he is a kaffir, A Xhosa tribesman. Although different from them, he is also looking for nourishment. For Lena, he is another pair of eyes, a witness to her existence in the world. Boesman shuns him and mocks Lena for her sympathy. But the mere presence of this stranger transforms the lives of the desperate couple who find their state basically the same, yet significantly altered.

Film Details

Release Date
2000
Production Company
PathT International; Pathe Image; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Kino International; Kino International; Kino Video; PathT International; PathT International; Pathe Image
Location
Capetown, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 3, 2000

Released in United States November 17, 2000

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States May 2000

Released in United States September 2000

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22 - October 9, 2000.

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 10-21, 2000.

John Berry died November 29, 1999 at the age of 82, mere days before completing post-production.

John Berry directed the original Broadway theatrical production of Athol Fugard's play "Boesman and Lena", starring James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee in 1970.

Completed shooting June 26, 1999.

Began shooting May 10, 1999.

Pathe Image is a division of Pathe.

Released in United States Fall November 3, 2000

Released in United States November 17, 2000 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22 - October 9, 2000.)

Released in United States May 2000 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 10-21, 2000.)

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 1-4, 2000.)