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New On DVD: Philippe Niang's "Toussaint Louverture"

Shadow and Act By Emmanuel Akitobi | Shadow and Act April 18, 2012 at 12:49PM

Etes-vous un amoureux du cinéma?  Etes-vous capable de lire cela?  If so, you may be interested to know that director Philippe Niang's Toussaint Louverture, the French TV project that S&A has been following since October, is now available on DVD-- but only the Region-2 version, in its original language, and (seemingly) without subtitles.
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Etes-vous un amoureux du cinémaEtes-vous capable de lire cela?  If so, you may be interested to know that director Philippe Niang's Toussaint Louverture, the French TV project that S&A has been following since October, is now available on DVD-- but only the Region-2 version, in its original language, and (seemingly) without subtitles.

The two-disc set can be purchased HERE.

The 180-minute biopic of the famed Haitian revolutionist had its American premiere in February at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).  Lead actor Jimmy Jean-Louis spoke with S&A that same month about the project.

Haitian Jean-Louis stars as the title character, and he's joined by French actresses Aïssa Maïga (Paris, Je T'Aime, Bamako) as Toussaint's wife, Suzanne, and Sonia Rolland (Moloch Tropical, Midnight In Paris) as Marie-Eugénie Sonthonax, wife of abolitionist L.F. Sonthonax.

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So, as it stands, those who speak French will likely enjoy this DVD the most.

But who knows-- if enough of S&A's French-speaking contingent show their support by purchasing the Toussaint Louverture DVD, it may let the distributor know that there's a real interest in the film and spur them to release a subtitled, Region-1 version for the rest of us.  You never know . . .

This article is related to: Aissa Maiga, Sonia Rolland, Jimmy Jean-Louis


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