Taglines: Sometimes the adventure of a lifetime becomes life itself.
Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn’t know well, and she moves to Kenya with him and her young son to start a cattle ranch. Challenges beset her, not the least of which is Paulo’s love of danger and his leaving for days on end to hunt and fish with pals.
She must face fierce storms, roving lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers, and she must find accommodation with a neighboring tribe. Her mother entreats her to return home. Can Kuki live her dream, tame Paolo, guide her son safely past the perils and errors of youth, and serve Africa?
I Dreamed of Africa is a 2000 biographical drama film directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Kim Basinger in her first picture since she co-starred in L.A. Confidential in 1997. It also stars Vincent Perez, Eva Marie Saint, Garrett Strommen, Liam Aiken and Daniel Craig. It is based on the autobiographical novel I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallmann, an Italian writer who moved to Kenya and became involved in conservation work. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
This includes “Voi che sapete”, sung by Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo soprano), with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, István Kertész conducting, from Act 2 of the opera Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This was one of the last films scored by acclaimed composer Maurice Jarre.
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Eva Marie Saint, Garrett Strommen, Daniel Craig, Lance Reddick, Connie Chiume, Susan Danford, Susan Danford
Screenplay by: Paula Milne, Susan Shiliday
Production Design by: Andrew Sanders
Cinematography by: Bernard Lutic
Film Editing by: cott Thomas
Costume Design by: Shirley Russell
Set Decoration by: Maggie Gray
Art Direction by: Andrea Faini, Ben Scott
Music by: Maurice Jarre
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of nudity/sensuality and some violent / traumatic episodes.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: May 5, 2000