THE WOUND
2017, Kino Lorber, 88 min, Dir: John Trengove

Brimming with sex and violence, THE WOUND is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija. The three men commence a dangerous dance with one another and their own desires, and the threat of exposure soon elevates the tension to breaking point. “John Trengove's hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders - and some South Africans, too.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


SIDEWAYS
2004, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 123 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Writer-director Alexander Payne's fourth feature film (following CITIZEN RUTH, ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT) starts with two old friends setting off on a wine-tasting road trip . . . only to veer dizzily SIDEWAYS into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet. Thomas Haden Church plays Jack, a womanizer who is about to be married. Best friend/wine lover Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his buddy on a tour of the wine country as a last hurrah before Jack ties the knot. The two buddies soon find themselves caught in a heady mix of wine and woman, with Jack's upcoming nuptials fast approaching.


EL INCA
2016, 128 min, Venezuela, Dir: Ignacio Castillo Cottin

“The only fight he lost was the one against himself.” This tragic love story is based on the life of two-time World Boxing Champion Edwin “El Inca” Valero (Alexander Leterni). Accompanied by his wife to rings around the world, the charismatic fighter from the Venezuelan Andes defeats all rivals with devastating knockouts. But while his professional life soars, his personal life starts to stagger, as Edwin establishes a relationship with another woman and becomes trapped in insecurity and an increasing drug addiction.


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