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

"An instant classic"

City Press

"Nakhane Touré makes an impressive screen debut"

Hollywood Reporter

"A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty "

The New York Times

"A milestone in South African cinema"



"Urgent and original, John Trengove's 'The Wound' is a truly deserving recipient of the LFF Sutherland Award for Best First Feature"

Palm Springs International Film Festival

"Nakhane Touré has been awarded the FIPRESCI prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film, for his role in Inxeba: The Wound at the Palm Springs International Film Festival"

Awards and film festivals

Sundance Film Selection
Durban International Film Festival
International Film Festival Berlin
Mooov Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Sydney International Film Festival
Cinema Jove 2
Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Cinema Jove 1
Taipei Film Festival
World Cinema Amsterdam
Melbourne International Film Festival
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  • Sundance Film FestivalWorld Cinema Competition

  • BerlinalePanorama – Opening Film

  • New Directors / New FilmsOfficial Selection

  • Mooov Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent CinemaOfficial Competition

  • Sydney International Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • The Tel Aviv LGBT Film FestivalOpening Film

  • Torino Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • Valencia Cinema Jove International Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • Taipei Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • Durban International Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • New Zealand International Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • International Film Festival SantanderOfficial Selection

  • Melbourne International Film FestivalOfficial Competition

  • World Cinema AmsterdamOfficial Competition

  • Faroe Islands International Minority Film FestivalOfficial Selection

  • Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film FestivalOfficial Selection

  • Helsinki International Film FestivalOfficial Selection

  • Queer PortoOfficial Selection

  • CPH:PIXOfficial Selection

  • 61st BFI London Film FestivalFirst Feature Competition

  • Mumbai Film FestivalOfficial Selection

  • CinemafricaOpening Film

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


Bongile Mantsai


Nakhane Touré


Niza Jay Ncoyini


Thobani Mseleni


Gamelihle Bovana


Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu


Sibabalwe Ngqayana


Siphosethu Ngcetane


"Issues of sexuality, generational divide, class and self-loathing are cross-stitched into a compelling patchwork of edgy masculinity"

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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.

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  • Riva FilmProduktion
  • Das Kleine
  • Arte International
  • Oak Motion Pictures
  • Cooltake Pictures
  • Deuxieme Ligne Films
  • Sampek Productions
  • Edition Salzgeber
  • Pyramide Films
  • The dti
  • Hamburg
  • Torino Film Lab
  • Creative Europe Media
  • Hubert Bals Fund
  • NL Film Fond
  • World Cinema Fund Europe
  • NFVF
  • IndiGenus
  • M-Net

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