BREAKING NEWS: Four Corners, South Africa’s official Oscar submission for Best
Foreign Language Film, has received a Best International Film Nomination from the
International Press Academy (IPA) for its Satellite Awards ceremony on 9 March
Set in the unknown world of the Cape Flats, this South African coming-of-age film
was completed only 12 weeks ago and is a novice in the arena of well-established
competitors in the International Film category.
Directed by Ian Gabriel (Forgiveness), Four Corners is the only nominee from Africa in
the group of 10 international films competing in the Motion Picture, International Film
category for the prestigious IPA Satellite Awards.
“Four Corners’ nomination by the influential IPA places the film alongside the most
frequently tipped 2013 Oscar Best Foreign Language film contenders, and is
considered a boost to South Africa’s Oscar ambitions,’ says Helen Kuun, CEO of
Indigenous Film Distribution.
Adds Kuun: “The IPA is a global association of professional entertainment journalists
who reach millions worldwide via print, television, radio, and the internet. The
nomination comes only days before the official screening of the film to the
Academy’s Foreign Language Film Committee.’
The other nominees in the Best International Film Nomination category are Bethlehem
(Israel), Blue Is the Warmest Color (France), The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium),
Circles (Serbia), The Great Beauty (Italy), The Hunt (Denmark), Metro Manila (United
Kingdom), The Past (Iran) and Wadjda (Saudia Arabia).
Four Corners opens on the South African theatrical circuit on 7 February 2014
through Indigenous Film Distribution.
Watch the Four Corners teaser trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Read more about Four Corners and director Ian Gabriel’s commitment to community
upliftment in the Cape Flats in the January 2014 issue of Screen Africa.