• The Wound

    Directed by John Trengove
    South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France | 88 minutes | Awards Buzz

  • The Wound

    Directed by John Trengove
    South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France | 88 minutes | Awards Buzz

  • The Wound

    Directed by John Trengove
    South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France | 88 minutes | Awards Buzz

  • The Wound

    Directed by John Trengove
    South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France | 88 minutes | Awards Buzz

  

WINNER: Fipresci Jury Award for BEST ACTOR in a Foreign Lanugage Film - Nakhane Toure

Lonely workman Xolani is assigned to guide initiate Kwanda through a Xhosa rite of passage, but Xolani’s relationship with another male guide and Kwanda’s own defiant identity are at odds with their masculine culture. This expertly crafted debut explores the ramifications the circumcision ceremony has on a group of boys and the men tasked with upholding the tradition.

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film synopsis

South African co-writer/director John Trengove’s balanced docudrama explores a clandestine relationship between two Xhosa men, set against the backdrop of a traditional coming-of-age ceremony.

Lonely factory worker Xolani seizes the opportunity when asked to be the personal caregiver of young initiate Kwanda (standout Niza Jay) for two weeks in the wilderness. The boy’s father hopes the experience and Xolani will toughen the soft “city boy,” yet Xolani has ulterior motives as he seeks to reignite an affair with fellow caregiver Vija. Although the macho Vija is romantically responsive, both men struggle with accepting their taboo sexuality in the face of a ceremony reinforcing stereotypical gender roles. When Kwanda begins to show signs of suspicion, Xolani must confront the boy, and himself, to prevent his secret from coming out.

This expertly crafted coming-of-age story is as beautifully shot as it is harrowing in its depiction of how the controversial tradition of circumcision affects the men of this community.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.

film details

Original Language Title: Inxeba
Country: South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 88 minutes
Language: Xhosa and English
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Academy Award Shortlist, Best Foreign Language Film; Grand Jury Award - Outstanding International Narrative Feature, LA OUTFEST; Outstanding First Feature Award - First Feature, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
Director: John Trengove
Producers: Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw
Principal Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini
Cinematographers: Paul Ozgur
Editor: Matthew Swanepoel
Music: João Orecchia
Screenwriter: John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana, Malusi Bengu
Website: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/thewound

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