Magda (Jane Birkin) stands outside a farmhouse in rural South Africa's heat awaiting her gruff father. She looks at him with a glance which was once loving, but now exudes bitterness. Loneliness has eroded her personality.

After Le lit, director Marion Hänsel once again filmed an adaptation, this time In the Heart of the Country by J.M. Coetzee. Here, too, there are complex emotions in an isolated location. Birkin excised all her glamour to play Magda, who sees her desire for tenderness answered with indifference. Things turn grim when her father rapes one of the worker's wives even though Magda's grip on imagination and reality is tenuous at best.

The resolute, frill-free and powerfully shot Dust is not just about an emotionally confused woman, but also about power dynamics between men and women, fathers and daughters, Caucasians and Africans. Winner of the Silver Lion in Venice.

Director
Marion Hänsel
Countries of production
Belgium, France
Production Year
1985
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
88'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Marion Hänsel, Jean Daskalidès, Jean-François Lepetit
Production Companies
Man's Films Productions, Daska Films, Flach Film Production
Sales
Man's Films Productions
Screenplay
Marion Hänsel
Cinematography
Walther van den Ende
Editor
Susana Rossberg
Music
Martin St Pierre
Cast
Jane Birkin, Trevor Howard, John Matshikiza