Euzhan Palcy

A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indict­ment of South Africa’s racist government—and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal treatment comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, A Dry White Season is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression.

Film Info

  • Euzhan Palcy
  • United States
  • 1989
  • 106 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #953

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo sound­track
  • New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas
  • Five Scenes, a new program featuring Palcy
  • Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland
  • Excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela
  • Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry

New cover by Adam Maida

Purchase Options

Released Dec 11, 2018

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo sound­track
  • New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas
  • Five Scenes, a new program featuring Palcy
  • Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland
  • Excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela
  • Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry

New cover by Adam Maida

A Dry White Season
Cast
Donald Sutherland
Ben Du Toit
Janet Suzman
Susan Du Toit
Jürgen Prochnow
Captain Stolz
Zakes Mokae
Stanley
Susan Sarandon
Melanie Bruwer
Marlon Brando
Ian McKenzie
Winston Ntshona
Gordon Ngubene
Thoko Ntshinga
Emily Ngubene
John Kani
Julius
Susannah Harker
Suzette Du Toit
Rowen Elmes
Johan Du Toit
Credits
Director
Euzhan Palcy
Produced by
Paula Weinstein
Screenplay by
Colin Welland
Screenplay by
Euzhan Palcy
Based on the novel by
André Brink
Executive-produced by
Tim Hampton
Music by
Dave Grusin
Director of photography
Kelvin Pike
Director of photography
Pierre-William Glenn
Edited by
Sam O’Steen
Edited by
Glenn Cunningham
Featured score performance by
Hugh Masekela
Songs performed by
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

From The Current

A Dry White Season: Justice Against the Law
A Dry White Season: Justice Against the Law

Director Euzhan Palcy put herself at personal risk to make this powerful indictment of racism in South Africa, released at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement.

By Jyoti Mistry

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