The Wound, a film by John Trengove, will make its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs until January 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah.
The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, The End of the Tour, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite.
The Wound tells the story Xolani, a lonely Xhosa factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. But, when a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.
Co-written by John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu and produced by Urucu Media, The Wound stars multi-talented musician and novelist, Nakhane Touré in his first ever film-role, alongside Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay Ncoyini.
“What a privilege to have worked with this fearless cast and insanely talented team of collaborators. I am so grateful for the many Xhosa men who contributed in big ways and small ways, and, miraculously, trusted me to make this film. Whatever comes next, we made The Wound with our eyes and hearts wide open,” says Trengove.
A co-production between South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and France, The Wound was shot on location, with an all-male Xhosa cast, in the northern region of South Africa.
It was developed with the assistance of The Hubert Bals Fund and ARTE International Prize.
The film is set to be released in South Africa is July 2017.