John Trengove

Born in 1978, he lives in Johannesburg in South Africa. After studying at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, he directed television, documentaries and commercials. His miniseries Hopeville won numerous awards at international festivals. He also works as a theatre director and his stage play 'The Epicene Butcher' won the Amsterdam Fringe Festival award for best international production. His short film iBhokhwe (The Goat) screened in the Berlinale's Generation section and at over 20 other festivals. The Wound is his feature film debut.

last update: January 27, 2017


Previous events at Berlinale Talents




Screening Shorts. A Compilation Of Short Films (12.Feb.2014)

with Gabriel Abrantes, Mahdi Fleifel, Susan Korda, Sakaris Stórá, John Trengove, moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol, Florian Weghorn


In cooperation with Berlinale Shorts and Berlinale Generation.

This programme of short films features alumnus Sakaris Stórá (2010) with his film Winter Morning, John Tengrove with The Goat and Mahdi Fleifel with Xenos, both of whom are Talents participating this year, Berlinale Talents mentor Susan Korda with her film Salomea‘s Nose, and Gabriel Abrantes‘s Taprobana.




Alumni Film Screening: The Wound (11.Feb.2017)

with John Trengove


In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

In a remote mountainous region of South Africa, a group of young men undergo a circumcision ritual of initiation. Their guardian Xolani, a lonely factory worker from Johannesburg, struggles with the contradiction between his people’s tradition and his own sexuality. Having first explored male circumcision in their short film iBhokhwe, South African director John Trengove (Script Station 2014) and producer Elias Ribeiro (BT 2015) revisit this topic and other rituals of masculinity. Current Talent Cait Pansegrouw produced as well.