Inexba (The Wound) is about Xolani, a lonely factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

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Critic Reviews (25)

7.2
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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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Los Angeles Times

09 Sep 2017
8.0
"Issues of sexuality, generational divide, class and self-loathing are cross-stitched into a compelling patchwork of edgy masculinity in this tale of a gay Xhosa navigating a traditionally heteronormative rite of passage away from society’s gaze." ...
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Litnet

05 Sep 2017
9.0
"John Trengove and his team disconnect you from your world, and walk alongside you into a world foreign to most. You are made to wince, to care deeply, even for loathsome characters, and ultimately, you are left winded by the weight of patriarchy and ...
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Indiewire

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"John Trengrove’s deeply probing debut feature is less interested in moral judgments than in the dynamic between strength and weakness." ...
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Screen Daily

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"The initial promise of a South African Brokeback Mountain broadens into a measured consideration of class, race, self-loathing and self-assertion in a compact but pleasingly complex drama." ...
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The Playlist

23 Aug 2017
8.0
"Wherever you may fall on its ending, The Wound is a movie worth watching for myriad reasons, not least of which is the fact that it’s as emotionally and dramatically compelling as any American indie to come out this year." ...
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RogerEbert.com

23 Aug 2017
9.0
"The result is a dark and stirring variation on the standard coming-of-age narrative that, much like its central characters, does not follow the path one might expect." ...

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Release Date(s):

January 22, 2017 (Sundance Film Festival, USA)
February 9, 2017 (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
March 8, 2017 (Lyon Écrans Mixtes Festival, France)
March 25, 2017 (New Directors/New Films, USA)
April 6, 2017 (Sarasota Film Festival, USA)
April 19, 2017 (France)
April 21, 2017 (MOOOV Filmfestival, Belgium)
April 29, 2017 (Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Poland)
May 18, 2017 (French speaking region) (Festival de Cinéma des 5 Continents, Switzerland)
June 9, 2017 (Sydney Film Festival, Australia)
June 15, 2017 (Provincetown International Film Festival, USA)
June 18, 2017 (Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy)
June 18, 2017 (Frameline Film Festival, USA)
June 23, 2017 (Cinema Jove International Film Festival, Spain)
July 2, 2017 (Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan)
July 8, 2017 (Outfest Los Angeles, USA)
July 14, 2017 (Durban International Film Festival, South Africa)
August 8, 2017 (Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia)
August 16, 2017 (New York City, New York, USA)

Co-Producers:

Marie Dubas, Michael Eckelt, Olaf Grunert, Bianca Isaac, Björn Koll, Eric Lagesse, Trent, Claudia Tronnier, Batana Vundla

Cinematography:

Paul Ozgur

Screenplay:

Malusi Bengu, Thando Mgqolozana, John Trengove

Editor:

Matthew Swanepoel

Production Designer:

Bobby Cardoso, Solly Sithole

Sound:

Matthew James

Music:

João Orecchia

Original Score:

João Orecchia

Production Company:

Riva Filmproduktion, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF), ZDF/Arte, OAK Motion Pictures, Cool Take Pictures, Deuxieme Ligne Films, Sampek Productions, Edition Salzgeber, Figjam Entertainment, Urucu Media

Distribution:

Pyramide Distribution (theatrical), Kino Lorber (all media)

Language:

Xhosa, Afrikaan, English

Runtime:

88 minutes

English Subtitles Supervisor:

Tessa Jubber

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