The striking and brutal realities of the students struggling for food, shelter and medication. Mimi's death from TB - and her illness unnoticed at first even by her closest friends - cannot but send a chilling chord in our modern world. Breathe Umphefumlo was directed by Mark Dornford-May.

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CineVue

11 Feb 2017
8.0
Mark Dornford-May won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2005 for U-Carmen, his adaptation of Bizet’s opera. He obviously hopes for similar success with his latest venture, Breathe Umphefumlo (2015), which transports Puccini’s opera La Boheme ...
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Scene Stealers

11 Feb 2017
8.0
Back in 2005, director Mark Dornford-May took a daring risk when he rebooted the French opera standard Carmen for the screen via an updated South African soundtrack and setting. That adaptation, U-Carmen, was a critical hit, and likely inspired the d ...
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Variety

10 Feb 2017
6.0
Ten years after “U-Carmen eKhayelitsha,” the Isango Ensemble’s vibrant South African spin on Georges Bizet, triumphed at the Berlinale, their return to the classic opera canon is a more muted affair all around. Revisiting the impoverished Cape ...
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The Hollywood Reporter

10 Feb 2017
5.0
After overhauling ‘Carmen’ in modern-day South Africa, director Mark Dornford-May turns to another classic opera with this reinvention of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme.’ Mark Dornford-May won the Berlinale’s Golden Bear in ...

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Release Date:

February 8th, 2015 (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
May 16th, 2015 (Seattle International Film Festival, USA)
June 9th, 2015 (Sydney Film Festival, Australia)
June 25th, 2015 (Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK)
August 27th, 2015 (Germany)
October 1st, 2015 (Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada)
October 18th, 2015 (Adelaide Film Festival, Australia)

Executive Producer:

Mike Downey, Sam Taylor

Cinematography:

Matthys Mocke

Screenplay:

Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Pauline Malefane, Mark Dornford-May

Editor:

Tanja Hagen

Sound:

Michael Botha, Carel Burger

Music:

Mandisi Dyantyis, Pauline Malefane

Production Company:

ARTE, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Propeller Film, Advantage Entertainment, Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), Isango Ensemble

Distribution:

Arsenal Filmverleih (theatrical), ZDF/Arte

Language:

Xhosa, English

Runtime:

90 minutes

Budget:

ZAR 5,000

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