Winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival 2011 and officially selected for 55th BFI London Film Festival, Oliver Hermanus’ Beauty is a psychologically provocative examination of one man’s damaging self-hatred and inner conflicts addressing such contentious subjects as homophobia and racism with unapologetic candour. It’s being released in UK by Peccadillo Pictures on 20th April.
Francois (Deon Lotz) lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa’s so-called ‘City of Roses’. A devoted husband and father, but is constantly battling with his repressed desires. However, when he meets Christian (Charlie Keegan), the engaging handsome son of a long-lost friend, his obsessions become irrepressible and threaten to rip apart his long-maintained respectability.
Beauty contains powerful scenes that recall A Ma Soeur, Mysterious Skin and the cinema of Michael Haneke, the challenging the viewer with its unflinching exploration of social taboos in the conservative environment of contemporary South Africa that also have universal resonance.
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