JOHANNESBURG — Oscar-winning thesp Juliette Binoche has signed to star in a pic about the hearings into apartheid-era atrocities by South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Based on the book “Country of My Skull” by South African journalist Antjie Krog, the movie will be shot in South Africa by Brit helmer John Boorman.
Jackson, Voight possible
Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Voight have been mentioned for starring roles but have not yet been signed.
While the book tracks the hearings into atrocities committed by all sides during the 1960-94 struggle by anti-apartheid guerrillas against the former white minority government, the film version will focus on a love affair between a journalist (Binoche) covering the hearings and an American reporter on assignment.
L.A.’s Chartoff Prods. is producing. Most secondary acting roles will be taken by South Africans.
The work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission has been held up as a model that other countries emerging from decades of conflict should emulate.
Under its rules, perpetrators of human rights abuses were pardoned, provided they made full disclosure. Headed by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the TRC wrapped up its work two years ago after a series of emotional hearings that some believe brought about reconciliation in the country but others feel merely reopened old wounds.