Xolani, a lonely young factory worker, travels with a community of men to the rural mountains to initiate a group of Xhosa boys in a manhood rite-of-passage. Here he rekindles a closeted love affair with his volatile childhood friend Vija, a married man from a nearby settlement. When Kwanda, a defiant teenage initiate from the city, discovers Xolani’s secret and urges him to abandon the life he knows, Xolani must confront his true nature and make a terrible decision.
The story of The Wound occurs on the fringes of society in the male-only world of the Xhosa circumcision initiation into manhood. It is a sensitive and devastating portrait of love, repression and the dark heart of masculinity.
Sundance International Film Festival 2017
Key festivals and awards
Sundance International Film Festival 2017; Berlin International Film Festival 2017; Academy Awards Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 2018; BFI London International Film festival 2017; Grand Jury Prize, Mumbai International Film Festival 2017; Durban International Film Festival 2017
South Africa, 2017
Director: John Trengove
Production: Urucu Media (South Africa), Cooltake Pictures (South Africa), Riva Filmproduktion (Germany), Oak Motion Pictures (The Netherlands), Sampek Productions (France), Deuxieme Ligne Films (France), Edition Salzgeber (Germany)
World sales: Pyramide International (France)
European WCF partner: Riva Filmproductioni (Germany)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2016
Funding amount: 30,000 €