File: Xhosa initiation film about homosexuality has been shortlisted for best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Photo: AFP
JOHANNESBURG – Two South African films were on the cusp of making a final cut to the Oscar nominations, in the end, only one made it with the other one snubbed and leaving fans frustrated.
South African film Inxeba “The Wound” on Tuesday missed out on making a cut to the 90th Academy Awards list of nominees for the Oscars.
Fans were left perplexed at the controversial film not making it to the category for the “Best Foreign Language Film.”
South African film Inxeba (The Wound), shortlisted for an Oscar in "Foreign Language" category, today failed to make the final five in the Oscar nominations. It&39;s too bad, it&39;s a superb film. Opening commercially in SA very soon.— Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork) January 23, 2018
The film which tells a story about a young gay man Xolani going to remote Eastern Cape for initiation. Kwanda&39;s struggle to say “Ndiyindoda” (I’m a man) is accepted conviction, resulting in him being labelled soft and his secrete later on coming to light.
The Wound/ Inxeba did not make the cut for Foreign Language film in the Oscar race - but there&39;s still no excuse to miss it&39;s release February 2 in South Africa pic.twitter.com/Mfk5mqIKVx— Adriaan Roets IG: @AHHHdriaan (@AHHHdriaan) January 23, 2018
The film has already won 19 international awards had fans reeling for the Oscar award.
Upon news that the film did not make the final cut fans, took to twitter expessing their disapointment.
Event though it didn’t get an Oscar nomination. I still want to Congratulate Inxeba for making the shortlist. The film is the most awarded South African film with 19 awards across the globe.— Koketso Motlhabane (@KokeyMotlhabane) January 23, 2018
It hits SA cinemas on February 2nd 2018. inhxeba @TheWound_SAfilm pic.twitter.com/mEbrfnLnvL
However, a Cape Town based film Revolting Rhymes made a final cut to the category for the "Best Animated Short Film".
Oh yes,sweetheart...with or without the oscar nomination some of us are still behind Inxeba and we will be filling up the cinemas on the 2nd of February...?--— Positive.energy (@iam_bousha) January 23, 2018
The film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s book of surprising fairytales. It is produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation.
The film is facing stiff competition against Dear Basketball, Negative Space, Lou and Garden Party.