An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men — a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor — who weather injustices as a result of their affair.
As beautiful and lush as the flower after which it is named, Proteus is an exquisite, romantic period piece that skillfully explores the intersections of sex, race and politics. Set in South Africa in the eighteenth century and based on real events, the story concerns young livestock herder, Claas Blank, who is unjustly arrested and imprisoned for attempting to retrieve cattle taken by white colonizers. Sentenced to hard labor, Claas crosses paths with a Dutch sailor. Despite their vast cultural differences, Claas begins a tentative love affair with the sailor, setting in motion a course of events that brings tragic consequences for all.
Acteurs: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson, Tessa Jubber
Land: Canada, Zuid-Afrika