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

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


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.

"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."

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Venue City Date
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival Milwaukee 1509595200November 2 - November 12, 2017
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival Vancouver 1506571200September 28 - October 13, 2017
Cinema du Parc Montreal 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


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