We featured their last production, U-Carmen, an adaptation of perhaps the world's most-loved opera, Bizet's Carmen, and to follow that acclaimed film, the internationally acclaimed South African Theater Company, Isango Ensemble, is re-imagining another operatic work, this time, Benjamin Britten’s 1957 piece, Noye’s Fludde.
Director Mark Dornford-May (who made his feature film debut with U-Carmen) helmed the project previously titled Unogumbe, but will now retain the title of Britten's original opera, which is a medieval retelling of the Noah's Ark story.
The film stars stars Pauline Malefane, who also starred in U-Carmen, playing the lead role, updated to "Mrs Noah," in a work that's described as a complete reworking of Britten's original opera piece.
“True to form and following our Berlinale winner UCarmen eKhayelitsha and Sundance hit Son of Man, the Isango company have come up with a thoroughly engaging and wonderfully entertaining piece of work,” said producer Film & Music Entertainment’s Mike Downey.
The film stars Khayelitsha Township-based theatre company Isango Ensemble.
Here's how TIFF describes it:
This modern adaptation of a Benjamin Britten one-act opera on the myth of Noah’s flood is sung entirely in Xhosa, with South African opera star Pauline Malefane as Noah, and is a striking metaphor for man’s inhumanity to man. A stunning feat from a troupe whose U-Carmen eKhayelitsha won the Golden Bear at Berlin in 2005.
Making its World Premiere at TIFF next month, here's your first look at Noye's Fludde, via a trailer: