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“Producing Inxeba with an all male cast, with almost an all male crew, interrogating masculinity, patriarchy and same-sex (male) desire was an immense privilege. I was thrown into a world I knew very little about, a world that only exists on a superficial level in the media, a world that is grossly misunderstood. I have never learnt or grown so much, so quickly. My mind was opened and continues to open as the film continues to initiate dialogue. This is the gift of filmmaking – to be transported and to learn and to feel in a new way. To be truly passionate about something you have made and to have it resonate with audiences all over the world is indescribable. I am still trying to fully realise how fortunate I am.” Cait Pansegrouw
AFDA Cape Town alumna Cait Pansegrouw is the multitalented producer and casting director of the South African multi-award winning film Inxeba (known internationally as The Wound). She is also a Durban Talents alumna, her work spans feature films, short films, micro-budget music videos and multi-million rand commercials. Cait is known for her energy and tenacity and her appetite for storytelling fuels her constant pursuit of creating innovative content. Cait is a SAFTA-nominee with work that has travelled to festivals around the world, including FESPACO, Durban and Cannes. She has played an integral role in projects which have received grants and accolades from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world; World Cinema Fund, Hubert Bals and Arte International, to name a few. Cait’s passion for development makes her adept at spotting talent and nurturing both projects and people and no matter the scale, she thrives on the adventure of bringing script to screen.
Inxeba , produced by Cait and fellow AFDA alumnus Elias Ribeiro, received the Best Director (John Trengove) and Best Actor (Nakhane Toure) awards at the Durban International Festival 2017, adding two more awards to the films already crowded trophy cabinet.
Before premiering in Africa at DIFF, Inxeba travelled festivals around the world and picked up a heap of awards on its way.
The film won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival 2017, at the Valencia International Film Festival, Inxeba was awarded the Luna de Valencia for Best Feature Film, as well as the Best Actor Award for Nakhane Touré. At, the Sydney Film Festival, it won the Audience Award for Best Feature, with Screen Daily describing it as “a measured consideration of class, race, self-loathing and self-assertion.” At the 41st Frameline, San Francisco’s international film festival, Inxeba won the First Feature Award. It was awarded the prize for Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film Festival, an LGBTQI festival held in Turin and received the Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in Florida. At the MOOOV International Film in Belgium, it garnered a Special Mention.
Inxeba, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and later opened Berlinale Panorama, was a 2014 Durban FilmMart project. This initial pitch enabled the team behind it to obtain funding from a number of international financiers, resulting in a co-production between South Africa, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
Inxeba will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release thus far, and will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.
“The release strategy for South Africa ensures that the film will qualify as a strong contender to represent the country in the Foreign Language Film nominations for the 2018 Oscars,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We are excited about Inxeba as it is an authentic South African story that has gained traction globally.”
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