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Four Corners

South Africa | 2014 | 119 minutes | Ian Gabriel

13-year-old chess prodigy Ricardo gets caught between two long-warring gangs, the 26s and the 28s of the pitiless Cape Flats of South Africa, just as the father he's never known is released from prison.

May 29, 2014
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South Africa's 2014 Oscar® submission evokes Gavin Hood's Tsotsi but with a more ambitious scope, containing multiple stories that paint an authentic portrait of street life in the Cape Flats of Cape Town. An early scene introduces Farakhan, the leader of 28s gang, who wants to get out of prison, avenge his father's murder, then find his son and leave the gangster life behind. On the streets, meanwhile, young teen chess wizard Ricardo attempts to resist the lure of the 26s (the deadly rivals of the 28s) and their seductive leader-who pays handsomely for young men who will do his dirty work-with an upcoming chess tournament representing a means of escape. The film's title is slang for prison cell, but also effectively represents the chessboard against which the film is mirrored. Between the kings of the rival gangs, Ricardo finds that he is much more than just a pawn in a game where every player has a role and every deadly movement is irreversible.

Director Biography

An award-winning feature film, commercials and music video director, Ian is a performance director with exceptional visual flare. He has been hailed for his innovative storytelling and cinematic execution.
Ian's debut feature film, Forgiveness, earned him a Human Rights Award and a Golden Leapord Nomination at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival. In the same year the film won the Locarno Youth Jury Best Film Award, the 2004 Best South African Film and Best African Film. CNN's African Voices program list Forgiveness as one of the top African films of the previous decade. Four Corners is Ian's second film, and was the South African Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and the only film from African soil to be nominated as Best International Motion Picture at the 2014 International Press Academy Satellite Awards. Four Corners has recently released to critical acclaim in South Africa, where it was hailed as "a South African reality never seen on screen before." 

Sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines, Seattle University Film Studies

Director: Ian Gabriel
Principal Cast: Brendon Daniels, Irshaad Ally, Jezriel Skei, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Abduragman Adams
Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 119 minutes
Producer: Cindy Gabriel, Genevieve Hofmeyr
Screenplay: Hofmeyr Scholtz, Terence Hammond
Cinematographers: Vicci Turpin
Editors: Ronelle Loots
Music: Markus Wormstorm
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Forgiveness (2004)
Language: Afrikaans, Sabela, English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: The Little Film Company
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