The Xhosa initiation film "Inxeba" ("The Wound") is South Africa's entry for next year's 90th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

The only time South Africa has won a foreign-language Oscars honour was in 2006 with Gavin Hood's Tsotsi.

In 2004, Darrell Roodt's Yesterday was nominated and, in 2010, Oliver Schmitz's Love, Above All made the short list. Now all eyes are on Inxeba.

The National Film and Video Foundation's Peter Kwele said: "The committee applauded the film as a masterpiece in terms of script, directing and performances, which are believable and captivating.

"It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States earlier this year V the most difficult festival to get into V and has been sold to 22 territories to date, which is evidence of its global appeal."

In response to the news, Inxeba director, John Trengove, said: "We didn't set out to make a crowd-pleasing film, so to be selected is mind-blowing.

"To be honest, this would not be a satisfying moment if it wasn't for the overwhelming love and goodwill we received from South African audiences in the past few weeks."

During its limited run on circuit this past week, audiences have raved about Inxeba. It will open for a full run early next year. V Source: channel24.co.za