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Black Venus
Directed by Abdel Kechiche
Produced by Charles Gillibert
Nathanaël Karmitz
Marin Karmitz
Written by Abdel Kechiche
Ghalya Laroix
Starring Yahima Torres
Olivier Gourmet
Cinematography Lubomir Bakchev
Studio MK2
Distributed by MK2
Release date(s) 8 September 2010 (2010-09-08)(Venice)
27 October 2010 (France)
Running time 166 minutes
Country France
Language French

Black Venus (French: Vénus noire) is a 2010 French drama film directed by Abdel Kechiche. It is based on the life of Sarah Baartman, a Khoikhoi girl who in the early 19th century was exhibited in Europe under the name "Hottentot Venus".[1] The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[2]


  • Yahima Torres as Sarah Baartman
  • Olivier Gourmet as Réaux, le forain
  • Jean-Christophe Bouvet as Mercailler
  • Jonathan Pienaar as Alexander Dunlop
  • Andre Jacobs as Caezar
  • Olivier Loustau as Le Capitaine de Hussards
  • Diana Stewart as Lady with Parasol
  • Eric Moreau as Un spectateur de baraque de foire
  • Ralph Amoussou as Harry
  • Violaine de Carne as Diane de Méry
  • Yann Sorton as Client du cabaret
  • Jeanne Corporon as Une invitée
  • Gilles Matheron as Théobald de Méry
  • Philip Schurer as Peter Van Wageninge
  • Violaine Gillibert as Géraldine Rivière
  • Christian Prat as Monsieur Campanile
  • Albanna Enlil as Peuple - scène du tribunal


  1. ^ "Vénus noire" (in French). AlloCiné. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Venezia 67". 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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