Dir. John Trengrove, 2017, South Africa / Germany / France / The Netherlands, 88 minutes
| Co-Presented with Kino Lorber & Film Forum |
“Powerful. A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty…. Sensitive to the nuances of culture and the blurred boundaries between homosocial masculinity and homosexual desire, THE WOUND is affecting and suspenseful.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times
John Trengove’s award-winning debut feature 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. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this macho 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. A Kino Lorber Release.
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