Black Butterflies sold to more than 50 countries

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The feature film Black Butterflies by director Paula van der Oest has been sold to more than 50 countries.

Production company IDTV Film announced on Thursday that the film about the life of South African poet Ingrid Jonker played by Carice van Houten has been sold to distributors in France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Scandinavia and a large number of countries in Africa and South America.

The film will be screened in movie theatres in most of these countries. The remaining distributors will release the biographical film on DVD. According to IDTV Film, negotiations with distributors in the United States and Canada are still ongoing.

Ingrid Jonker 1933-1965 formed part of a group of artists known as the Smoke and Ochre, which was first published in 1963, she became seriously depressed and committed suicide at a young age. Nelson Mandela is a big fan of her poetry.

Earlier this year, Black Butterflies was screened at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York, where lead actress Carice Van Houten was awarded the prize for best actress.


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