South African film Inxeba (The Wound) has taken one step closer to full Oscar nomination after making it to the Best Foreign Film top nine shortlist on Thursday.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the 9 films advancing in the 90th Oscar race for best foreign language film with South Africa’s The Wound from director John Trengove making the list.
Subsequently, the Oscar committee will cut the list down to a top 5 in the foreign film category which will be announced alongside all of the other Oscar nominations on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.
The nine finalists released by the Academy for nominations in 2017:
Chile, “A Fantastic Woman”, Sebastián Lelio, director
Germany, “In the Fade”, Fatih Akin, director
Hungary, “On Body and Soul”, Ildikó Enyedi, director
Israel, “Foxtrot”, Samuel Maoz, director
Lebanon, “The Insult”, Ziad Doueiri, director
Russia, “Loveless”, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director
Senegal, “Félicité”, Alain Gomis, director
South Africa, “The Wound”, John Trengove, director
Sweden, “The Square”, Ruben Östlund, director
The 90th Oscars will take place on Sunday 4 March 2018 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
If its previous achievements are anything to go by, it would be safe to say that Inxeba (The Wound) stands a chance to scoop the award. The film has garnered much acclaim since it release and has bagged several international awards with the latest being the year’s Best Foreign Film by the African American Film Critics Association this week and Best Film at the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival in Amsterdam.
While it was being applauded internationally, locally, The Wound has been a controversial film in South Africa. In fact, some traditional leaders threatened to start a campaign to have it banned. This follows a closeted gay relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual, in addition to claims that the movie revealed a lot about the initiation process that should not be made public.