Nakhane Touré (featured) puts in a powerhouse performance for Inxeba – Photo: Supplied

South African movie ‘The Wound’ officially nominated for an Oscar

It will be competing in ‘Best Foreign Film’ category


Nakhane Touré (featured) puts in a powerhouse performance for Inxeba – Photo: Supplied

In any field, you’ll be hard pressed to find a debut more successful than that of John Trengrove’s. His first feature film, The Wound, has now officially received an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. And it is 100% South African.

As reported by Good Things Guy, Trengrove directs a flick that looks into the secretive practice of ‘Ukwaluka’ in the Xhosa culture. Adolescent boys are sent to live in secluded camps where they are ritually circumcised and mentored by young men from their communities.

What happens in The Wound?

It’s an incredibly taboo subject, but one that this ambitious director has not shyed away from. Nelson Mandela famously went on record to describe his Ukwaluka experience in Long Walk To Freedom, although speaking about the ceremony is strictly forbidden by the elders.

The Wound was co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu. Nakhane Touré, an acclaimed South African musician and novelist, is cast as the lead in his acting debut. So for those of you keeping score, it’s the first feature film both the director AND main character have done, and it’s on course for an Oscar.

They also won the BFI London Film Festival’s prestigious First Feature Film Award back in October. It’s easy all this cinema business, isn’t it?

The Oscars will be held on Sunday 4th March 2018. So we must wait another few months to see if The Wound can replicate the success of Tsotsi – a South African film that took home the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Oscar in 2006.

Who else is running for the Best Foreign Language Oscar?

SA will be up against eight other countries for the award. There is a strong European influence amongst the competition, but there’s also another African flick in the mix. Alain Gomis’ Félicité could give The Wound a serious run for its money:

  • The Wound – South Africa
  • A Fantastic Woman – Chile 
  • In the Fade – Germany
  • On Body and Soul – Hungary 
  • Foxtrot – Israel
  • The Insult – Lebanon 
  • Loveless – Russia 
  • Félicité – Senegal 
  • The Square – Sweden

The 90th Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood. One of the television events of the year will be broadcast live in more than 225 countries and territories across the world. Fingers crossed for our Mzansi movie makers.