International Competition

The Wound

John Trengove | 88min | Sydafrika, Tyskland, Nederländerna, Frankrike

  • År: 2017
  • Språk: Xhosa
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Svensk Premiär

Lika sårig som vacker tar en av årets höjdpunkter och Sydafrikas Oscarkandidat ett nyskapande grepp om traditionell maskulinitet.

Fabriksarbetaren Xolani (Nakhane Touré) tar ledigt för att hjälpa tonårspojkar att klara mandomsprov. I denna traditionella ritual i en tuff machomiljö uppe i bergen omskärs de vitmålade pojkarna och lär sig om kulturens patriarkala koder. När upproriska Kwanda (Niza Jay) upptäcker Xolanis väl bevarade hemlighet om hans djupa relation till Vija (Bongile Mantsai) ökar spänningarna mellan de tre. Tack vara de oerfarna skådespelarna och debutregissören John Trengoves särpräglade blick vibrerar denna visuella triumf och starka samtidsskildring av äkthet. Om ärren som inte läker när värdigheten hotas och om kärlek och begär som trycks undan i maskulinitetens spår.

- Niclas Goldberg

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John Trengove

Regissör: John Trengove

John Trengove, born in 1978, is a film maker from South Africa. After studying at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, he directed television, documentaries and commercials. His miniseries Hopeville won numerous awards at international festivals. He also works as a theatre director and his stage play The Epicene Butcher won the Amsterdam Fringe Festival award for best international production. His short film The Goat screened in the Berlinale’s Generation section and at over 20 other festivals. The Wound is his feature film debut.

The Wound was born out of a desire to push back against clichéd stereotypes of black masculinity perpetuated inside and outside of African cinema. As a white man, representing marginalized black realities that are not my own, the situation is of course complicated. Even highly problematic. It was important to me that the story mirrors this problem. The character of Kwanda is an outsider to the traditional world who expresses more or less my own ideas about human rights and individual freedom. He’s also the problem. His preconceptions create jeopardy and crisis for others who have much more to lose than him. This was my way of saying, ‘‘I don’t have the answers and my own values don’t necessarily apply here’’. A film such as this cannot hope to provide solutions for the crisis faced by millions of queer people in the African continent and around the world, only to present the crisis for what it is, a deep and ever widening chasm. In writing The Wound, inspiration came, unexpectedly, from Robert Mugabe. Statements that he and other African leaders have made since the early 90’s imply that homosexuality is a symptom of western decadence that threatens ‘‘traditional’’ culture. And so we thought ok, let’s use that idea. Let’s imagine ‘‘gayness’’ as some kind of virus that penetrates and threatens a patriarchal organism, and let’s see how that organism responds to being penetrated.

Producent:
Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw
Manusförfattare:
John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana, Malusi Bengu
Fotograf:
Paul Özgür
Klippare:
Matthew Swanepoel
Musik:
Joao Orecchia
Medverkande:
Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Thobani Mseleni
Kontakt:
Pyramide International, sales@pyramidefilms.com
Regissörens filmografi:
  • 2014 The Goat, Short; 2011 Disco 3000, Short; 2009 Say Hi to Bangkok, Short.
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