The South African Academy Award Selection Committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announce the selection of "Four Corners" for consideration as South Africa's official entry into the Best Foreign Film category for the 86th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars).
If approved by the Oscars Academy Award Selection Committee, the film will represent South Africa as the nominee for the 86th Oscars to be held in 2014.
Officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences as the body to represent South Africa, the NFVF makes the submission on behalf of the South African film industry.
Directed by Ian Gabriel, Four Corners is the first film to deal in depth and intimately with the 100 year old war of South Africa's Number gangs, the 26 and the 28. The film blends Sabela, Tsotsi-taal and Cape Afrikaans whilst playing out aspects of the war fought daily on the streets of the Cape Flats, home to both Number factions in the marginalized areas outside Cape Town.
"Being selected as the official SA Foreign Language candidate is a great honour for Four Corners as it takes its first steps into the world. The film is as current as today's headlines, revealing the 100 year old gang war in South Africa. We, the crew and cast of Four Corners are very proud of the film, which stars both actors and non actors who all deliver great performances," says Gabriel.
The South African Academy Award Selection Committee Chairperson Mickey Dube said the judges were unanimous in their choice of the film. "We found it fresh, original and intensely engaging, with very high production values as well as a well thought out story and execution. The performances were astounding and extremely believable, often blurring the line between fiction and reality. It was refreshing to see a film boldly tackling a part of our life not usually explored," says Dube.
The Oscars Academy Award Selection Committee will make the final selection of the nominees in January next year. If selected, Four Corners will join the list of other South African films that contested at the Oscars in previous years which include Oscar award-winning Tsotsi (2006) and Oscar nominated Yesterday (2005).
The NFVF and the South African Academy Awards Selection Committee wishes the team behind the film best of luck.