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Black Butterflies

Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker, played by Carice, 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, played by Rutger Hauer, the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives. 

 

Carice won the award for Best Actress for this role at two prestigious film festivals: The Tribeca Film Festival and The Netherlands Film Festival.  

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Black Butterflies