The Wound

Brimming with sex and violence, John Trengove’s award-winning film is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Read more

The Wound

Directed by John Trengove

Year: 2017
Running Time: 88
Color Type: Color
Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Language: English and Xhosa with English subtitles
Genres: Drama
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The Wound

Cast
Nakhane Touré
Bongile Mantsai
Niza Jay Ncoyini

Crew
Directed by John Trengove
Writers John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu
Produced by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw


Shortlisted for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film!

Brimming with sex and violence, The Wound is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija. The three men commence a dangerous dance with each other and their own desires and, soon, the threat of exposure elevates the tension to breaking point. The Wound had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, was the opening night selection of Berlinale Panorama, and won Outstanding First Feature at Frameline in San Francisco.

Reviews

"Affecting and suspenseful. A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty."

"A milestone in South African cinema.”

"Takes real chances. Strong performances are fueled by the wild beauty of the rural setting."



Awards

  • Outstanding First Feature – Frameline San Francisco LGBT Film Festival

  • Best International Narrative Feature – Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Art Theatre Champaign 1518757200February 16 - February 22, 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1518757200February 16 - February 22, 2018
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs 1514869200January 2 - January 15, 2018
International Cinema @ Eckerd College St. Petersburg 1510462800November 12, 2017
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville 1510203600November 9 - November 12, 2017
Cinema St. Louis/St. Louis International Film Festival St. Louis 1509595200November 2 - November 12, 2017
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival Milwaukee 1509595200November 2 - November 12, 2017
Film Columbia Chatham 1508731200October 23, 2017
Vermont International Film Festival S. Burlington 1508472000October 20 - October 29, 2017
Philadelphia Film Festival Philadelphia 1508385600October 19 - October 29, 2017
Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film festival Tampa 1507262400October 6 - October 14, 2017
University of Notre Dame (DeBartolo Performing Arts Center) Notre Dame 1507262400October 6, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1506830400October 1, 2017
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival Vancouver 1506571200September 28 - October 13, 2017
Out on Film - Atlanta Atlanta 1506571200September 28 - October 8, 2017
Queer City Cinema Regina 1505966400September 21 - September 27, 2017
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1505448000September 15 - September 21, 2017
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1504843200September 8 - September 14, 2017
Film Forum New York 1502856000August 16 - August 29, 2017
Film Society of Little Rock Little Rock 1502424000August 11 - August 17, 2017
Denver Film Society Denver 1500436800July 19 - July 23, 2017
The National Museum of African Art Washington 1500091200July 15 - July 21, 2017
Outfest Los Angeles 1499313600July 6 - July 16, 2017
Frameline San Francisco 1497585600June 16 - June 26, 2017
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1496289600June 1 - June 11, 2017
Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota 1490932800March 31 - April 9, 2017
AFI Silver Theatre Silver Spring 1489636800March 16, 2017
New Directors/New Films New York 1489550400March 15 - March 26, 2017
Sundance Film Festival Park City 1484802000January 19 - January 29, 2017


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