The Wound



Friday, Nov. 3 at 2:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Brimming with sex and violence, “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 (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), a quiet and sensitive factory worker, 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 the threat of exposure soon elevates the tension to breaking point. “The Wound” had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, was the opening-night selection of the Berlinale Panorama, and won Outstanding First Feature at Frameline in San Francisco. Calling the film “a potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty,” the New York Times’ A.O. Scott concludes: “Sensitive to the nuances of culture and the blurred boundaries between homosocial masculinity and homosexual desire, ‘The Wound’ is affecting and suspenseful.”

88 min.
Afrikaans, English & Xhosa

Directed by

John Trengove

Film Category

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