03 October 2017, News

Inxeba (The Wound), produced by AFDA alumni Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro, has been chosen as South Africa’s Oscar entry into next year’s 90th Academy Awards, in the category of best foreign language film. The NFVF selection committee lauded the film “as a masterpiece in terms of script, directing and performances.”

That makes it a remarkable three years in a row that AFDA alumni films have been selected as South Africa’s Oscar candidate. In 2016 it was Daryne Joshua’s film Noem My Skollie and Ernest Nkosi’s film Thina Sobabili was the official SA entry in 2015.

“Locally Inxeba took home two awards at the Durban International Film Festival, for Best Actor and Best South African Director. It was the best-performing film at both of its qualifying run cinemas in September. It’s a film that was five years in the making, from inception, and it is one that all South Africans can be proud of.” says Cait Pansegrouw.

To date the film has found a home in over 30 countries between distributors and broadcasters and won 12 international awards. In August, The New York Times listed The Wound on their Critic’s Pick List during its theatrical run in the United States of America, and most recently, The Economist listed the film under ‘What is the World Watching’. The movie was described as: “An unflinching examination of sexuality, masculinity and cultural identity”.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will honour the best films of 2017 and will take place on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Inxeba will released nationwide in South Africa in February 2018.

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