Woodwind is nominated for the Grand Prix Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut Film, as well as Best South African Film and is also in contention for other cast and crew awards.
These will be determined by an international jury, after the feature film was confirmed in the official selection of the 10th Cape Town International Film Festival on Friday.
This year the festival moved from the Cape Winelands to Cape Town’s Waterfront and will also boast an international film market.
The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will hold their press conference soon, after they complete their schedule for the screening dates for each film. The festival runs from October 12 to 21, so South African followers of art film will get the first chance of watching Woodwind at the Waterfront in Cape Town this October.
Woodwind’s international cast and crew hail from five continents, and viewers can meet the team at CTIF led by South African director Fin Manjoo.
Thereafter Fin Pictures will visit the worldwide film circuit running until around July 2018. Then the usual cinema, television, DVD/Bluray and video rental distribution channels will follow.
Woodwind is a deep journey of a doubter, a composer (played by Leandro Taub) who rather believe in his own madness than the existence of the extraordinary. Ironically, his is a faithful path, following his feelings and realizing the meaning of how they connect to his ‘other half’.
The composer is inspired by the role of his mother and the eternal ‘Mother Nature’ when the artist turns to his roots, becoming an instrument to channel the power of sound.
From South America he first tries to explain to his Swiss girlfriend (Andrea Christina Furrer) that he received an email from a woman who poetically described his movements in the woods that same day. Searching for the truth, he has to travel across the world to meet this mysterious painter at one tree in the middle of an Indian jungle to understand the meaning of the vision.
From the waters of one of the oldest living cities to the Himalaya mountains, he is haunted by her memories and learns to tune into his own voice in music, setting him on a path of self-discovery, artistic fulfillment and personal redemption from his relationships with the three women in his life.
Are the mysterious signs between the composer and painter proof of the spirit, a soul or is he falling into a rabbit hole? In his unreachable striving for ultimate happiness and perfection, in his longing his suffering is born, and it is in this struggle between his dreams and aspirations, a spirit is forged.