Thursday, June 1, 2017, Cinematheque 3
19:00 – Meet & Greet – Come and meet the festival guests at the fancy opening cocktail reception sponsored by Binyamina Winery, Shpagat, Lima Lima, Joya
20:00 – Opening Ceremony hosted by Ziona Patriot and Talulah Bonnet (approx. 1 hour long).
TLVFest Honorary Awards to Mink Stole and Monika Treut.
Special Guests:Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles & Gigi Gorgeous
All the proceeds from the opening night are a contribution to the continued existence of Tel Aviv International LGBT film festival.
Tickets are available at 03-6060800 ext. 9
or via this link
Opening film: The Wound
Dir: John Trengove
Production: Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw
Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantasi, Niza Jay Ncoyini
South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, 2017, 88 min., Xhosa with Hebrew and English subtitles
Sundance 2017 – world premiere
Berlinale 2017 – Panorama opening film
Eastern Cape, South Africa. Xolani takes a week off work to participate in an initiation ceremony for adolescents, held in the countryside. Beginning with a circumcision, the boys are expected to transform into men. They come from different backgrounds – some are city boys, the others living in the country. The initiation takes place in a pastoral mountainous setting near a breathtaking waterfall, with no women around. It is here that they are expected to take in the traditional masculine code of conduct.
Xolani acts as guide to Kwanda, the son of a well-off Johannesburg family. The modern, rebellious youth leads a western lifestyle and soon comes across Xolani’s secret: he is in love with one of the other guides. A power struggle develops between the three men, set against the backdrop of the splendid scenery, filmed with a master’s hand. The three protagonists, through superb acting, reveal themselves to be complex male figures, each facing difficult, life-changing dilemmas.
Having dealt in the controversial tradition of initiation in his short film Ibhokhwe, director John Trengove now delves deeper into South African masculinity through a profound study of the subject. The Wound is an impressive film debut that lingers in the mind of viewers long after it ends.