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Miami Premiere! Academy Award Short List Best Foreign Language Film! THE WOUND by John Trengrove

  • 25 Jan 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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THU, JAN 25, 7p:

Miami Premiere!

Academy Award Short List

Best Foreign Language Film!


Directed by JOHN TRENGROVE/South Africa/2017/89mins.

With Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini

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. (In Xhosa with English subtitles).

Winner: Outstanding First Feature - Frameline 2017

Official Selection: Sundance, World Dramatic Competition 2017

New Directors / New Films 2017

OutFest 2017, Berlinale - Opening Night, Panorama - 2017

"A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty.

Powerful. Affecting and suspenseful."-A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"A milestone in South African cinema"-Guy Lodge, Variety

"Takes real chances. Strong performances are fueled by the wild beauty of the rural setting."-Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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