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South African film Inxeba (The Wound) (2017), one of the most outstanding films of this year, has achieved huge popularity since its premiere at Sundance Film Festival. It was selected for the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin International Film festival; it won the Best Feature Film at Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Grand Prize in the International New Talent Competition at Taipei Film Festival. It also won the Outstanding First Feature Award and the Grand Jury Award at Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQI Film Festival and L.A. Outfest, and the Sutherland Award at London Film Festival. Last, it was selected as South Africa’s official entry for the Oscars.

The Wound official poster / Source: douban

The jury from the British Film Institute commented about this film that: “Among a strong field of debut features, we found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of The Wound. The director John Trengove and the excellent cast created a dynamic and inimitable coming-of-age story that takes a heart-breaking look at masculinity and sexuality.”

Director John Trengove (second left), received the award from the president of the jury Reha Erdem (first left),
the president of Taipei Film Festival Mark Lee (first right), and director Hou Hsiao-hsien (second right) / Source: Taipei Film Festival

Inxeba is the story of a man asked to be a caregiver of his best friend’s son after he gets a circumcision. He also has a secret affair with a married man. To his surprise, he finds out that his best friend’s son is also gay. This boy is from a new generation and his open-mindedness strongly affects the man’s mental state, who is still bothered by his own sexuality and affair. These three men will find themselves on the edge of danger.

Director John Trengove / Source: Facebook

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