South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards® for best foreign language film

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  • Sundance Film Selection
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • International Film Festival Berlin

"A milestone in South African cinema"

Variety

"A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty "

The New York Times

"Nakhane Touré makes an impressive screen debut"

Hollywood Reporter

"An instant classic"

City Press

Awards and film festivals

ndnf
melbourne
Mooov
Torino
Sarasota
Outfest
Frameline
Cinema Jove 2
DIFF2
DIFF 1
Taipei Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Cinema Jove 1

The story

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

In conversation

Director John Trengove and actor Nakhane Touré talk about their experiences making The Wound and how life has changed for them after its initial debut.

Nakhane Touré

Nakhane Touré's interview

Nakhane Touré's interview

John Trengove

John Trengove's interview

John Trengove's interview

Cast

Nakhane Touré

Xolani

Bongile Mantsai

Vija

Niza Jay Ncoyini

Kwanda

Thobani Mseleni

Babalo

Siphosethu Ngcetane

Initiate

Sibabalwe Ngqayana

Initiate

Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu

Initiate

Gamelihle Bovana

Initiate

#Inxeba #TheWound took home the Grand Jury Prize in Mumbai last night! https://t.co/85Nzhxwe6D

2 days ago

"We found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of The Wound." - BFI Jury https://t.co/SIYbPXmPaH

3 days ago

The most fab John Trengove with our Best First Feature award at the BFI ceremony this past weekend :)… https://t.co/NR3GMwrkb0

5 days ago

We have taken home the Best First Feature Award at the London BFI!!!! #Inxeba #TheWound #BestFirstFeature #BFI #LFF https://t.co/AU3vNbHsmC

6 days ago

We did it! #Inxeba #TheWound #Oscars #ProudlySouthAfrican https://t.co/kemVQsVW6V

2 weeks ago

We've come to the end of our #OscarsQualifyingRun and most shows are already sold out - again! Ndiyabulela Jozi and… https://t.co/Xu7AHB5SZy

1 month ago

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1 month ago

In the headlines

Press information

The Wound is a breakthrough narrative – a surprising, singular story told from an African perspective. Recognised from Sundance to Taipei as a masterful piece of filmmaking, and leading a new wave of African cinema, it’s equal parts coming-of-age story, love story and intense psychological thriller. This press kit contains key facts and figures about the film, as well as cast and crew information, synopsis and interview materials.

Screenings

The Wound opens in cinemas nationwide on 2 February 2018.

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