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TheMay Fair Hotel Stratton Street, LondonW1J 8LT themayfairhotel.co.uk Owned andmanaged by EdwardianHotels London WINTER BROTHERS VINTERBRØDRE If it's happening in London, it's happening at The May Fair Hotel. TheMay Fair’s glamorous past and grand settingsmake it the natural choice for all things film related. Official HotelPartnerof the61st BFI London Film Festival in partnershipwithAmerican Express® FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION MON 9 TUE 10 THU 12 18:10 CENTRAL 21:00 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 12:45 VUE5 TUE 10 THU 12 FRI 13 18:15 SOHO 18:15 NFT2 12:00 VUE7 Dir John Trengove. Prod Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw. Scr John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana, Malusi Bengu. With Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini. South Africa 2016. 88min. UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures A traditional rite of passage ritual forms the backdrop for this powerful exploration of masculinity and unspoken queer desire. In the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the teenage boys of the Xhosa community are initiated into manhood through an annual circumcision ritual. This painful ordeal is followed by two weeks healing, during which each initiate is assigned an elder to teach the culture’s codes of masculinity. Factory worker Xolani is tasked with caring for Kwanda, a petulant adolescent from Johannesburg. As the days pass, Kwanda begins to notice Xolani harbours a deep affection for fellow elder Vija, leading to growing tensions between the three men. Privileging a need for cultural authenticity, director John Trengove worked with a cast of exclusively native Xhosa speakers, many of whom are non-actors. The result is a visually breathtaking, thematically complex meditation on the wounds that exist on the surface and those deeper scars that never truly heal. Michael Blyth THE WOUND Dir-Scr Hlynur Pálmason. Prod Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Per Damgaard Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason. With Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Lars Mikkelsen. Denmark-Iceland 2017. 94min. Sales New Europe Film Sales Savagely beautiful and shot mainly on 16mm, Icelandic visual artist and filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason brings a unique perspective to bear with his debut feature. Pálmason’s rendering of the hermetic world of brothers and limestone quarry workers Emil and Johan exhibits both an outsider’s clarity of view and an artist’s visionary imagination. We follow the daily routines, habits and rituals of the siblings and their co-workers amidst a wintry industrial landscape. Disorienting sounds and abstract visuals create a visceral impression of constricted lives, where tension and violence simmer close to the surface. Emil may live and work cheek-by-jowl with others, but human connection and sexual intimacy are painfully absent, so he attempts to seek some solace in VHS-inflected reveries, homemade liquor and graphic fantasies. Pálmason’s economic and arresting storytelling hints at a more significant personal odyssey, but his open and reflexive approach ultimately invites you to draw your own conclusions. Sarah Lutton


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