Cape Town - The South African indie drama Moffie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday where it's also nominated for this year's Queer Lion Award.
The film, directed by local filmmaker Oliver Hermanus and based on the novel with the same name by André-Carl van der Merwe, received raving reviews from international press following the screening.
"Moffie is measured, remorseless; it crawls right under your skin. By the time these virgin soldiers are removed from the barracks, sent into the rushes where the enemy lies in wait, it almost comes as a sweet relief," wrote Xan Brooks, reviewer for The Guardian, who rated the film four-out-of-five stars.
ScreenDaily's Jonathan Romney said: "South African drama Moffie is an altogether intense experience that often feels as punishing for the viewer as it is for the characters."
Guy Lodge, for Variety, wrote: "Moffie achieves some hard grace in under two hours: Never has the titular slur borne such beauty."
The first trailer for the film, which will be coming to SA cinemas later, was released early on Thursday morning.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: