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, being significantly shorter than the early cut which was screened at the Cape Town International Film Festival.
This is what director Fin Manjoo has to say on the international version which will be sent to film festivals abroad:
“This decision would be a surprise, I wanted to tighten a few scenes after viewing the early cut. 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 a shorter film, and I feel this is an easier duration when leaping into such an intense, deep experience.”
Inside information hints that the early, longer cut could still be available as an alternate version in future.