Fin Pictures is releasing an updated version of the film for the international release. Woodwind was finally perfected for international audiences on 30 November 2017, and the workings of this information has been kept under wraps until now.
This final version has now been approved, having a running time of 106 minutes (1h46), significantly 30 minutes shorter than the early cut which was screened at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival.
This is what director Fin Manjoo has to say on the international version which will be sent to film festivals abroad:
“I also love the first version which was screened in Cape Town. Sometimes you need to experience it on the big screen with a packed audience, before fine tuning a few details.
“Nobody spoke to me about this, so this decision would be a surprise to our Cape Town viewers, I wanted to tighten a few scenes and it was only possible to do it between the local and international releases. I decided to speed up the pacing, without changing the feel of the movement and the natural flow of water/nature. The slowness of the serene nature was always organic to the themes and language of the art of Woodwind. The importance of Bonifaz’s walks to his journey always needs to weigh heavily (psychologically) in length. The visuals are still as beautiful and striking as they always were.
“So, it was quite a challenge to put in some extra time with Josef Kahn in the edit to master the balance of all these intended artistic approaches, ultimately giving you the same film – editing is a magic trick. We are sculpting a story that spans many months through time into what is now 1h46, and I feel this is an easier duration when leaping into such an intense, deep experience.”
So, Woodwind will be screened at international festivals at 106 minutes. Inside information hints that the early, longer cut could still be available as an alternate version in future.