Touré just keeps win­ning

CityPress - - News - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­press.co.za

A gay isiXhosa film called Inxeba (The Wound) last night scooped the awards for Best Film and Best Ac­tor at Cin­ema Jove, the Va­len­cia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. When asked about win­ning the Best Ac­tor award, singer, nov­el­ist and ac­tor Touré, said: “I al­ways think hav­ing one dream come true is a miracle, but to have all these things hap­pen­ing at once is fright­en­ing. I keep think­ing the rug is go­ing to be pulled from un­der my feet. On the other hand, I worked re­ally hard on this.” Touré was speak­ing to City Press while wait­ing to fly to London, Berlin and Paris to com­plete work on his se­cond al­bum and its Euro­pean launch early next year. He was un­able to ac­cept his award in per­son, in­stead send­ing a video mes­sage.

Sure to be mas­sively con­tro­ver­sial in South Africa and al­ready caus­ing an out­cry on so­cial me­dia for its sub­ject mat­ter, Inxeba is a film that tells a gay love story against the back­drop of tra­di­tional ini­ti­a­tion to man­hood. It has been gath­er­ing strong re­views since pre­mier­ing at the pres­ti­gious Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, and play­ing at fes­ti­vals and in cin­e­mas in France and, next month, the US.

It has also picked up awards at Frame­line, the San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional LGBTQ Film Fes­ti­val, the Sydney Film Fes­ti­val and the Torino LGBTQI Film Fes­ti­val. But this is its big­gest win to date.

“The best thing about the Cin­ema Jove awards is Touré’s vic­tory,” di­rec­tor John Tren­gove told City Press. “His per­for­mance in The Wound is in­cred­i­bly raw and heart­felt. He is a true artist and I am so happy that his work has been ac­knowl­edged.”

The film shows at the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val later this month and will be re­leased on cir­cuit later this year.

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