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
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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 Burlington 1508472000October 20 - October 29, 2017
Philadelphia Film Festival Philadelphia 1508385600October 19 - October 29, 2017


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