Critics and audiences hail local gangland thriller Four Corners

2014-04-02 14:01

Cape Town - Director Ian Gabriel’s acclaimed, hard-hitting drama Four Corners opened in cinemas on 28 March and has received rave reviews.

The coming-of-age thriller explores the harsh realities of the unique and volatile gangland sub-culture of the sprawling Cape Flats. On its opening weekend, Four Corners was sold out a number of times at the V&A Waterfront.

Well-known film critic Leon van Nierop called it South Africa’s City of God, comparing the film to Brazil’s multi award-winning gangster epic, which was released in 2003 to much critical and audience acclaim.

City of God was nominated for many awards, including an Oscar for Best Director. The film grossed more than $30m worldwide. Writing in The Citizen, Van Nierop described Four Corners as, "Ground-breaking, gutsy and provocative... a South African reality never seen on film before."

Four Corners grossed 48% more on its opening weekend in SA than City of God.

"Four Corners echoes City of God in its sweeping investigation of the slums, crime, subculture and cycle of gang violence, and how the lives of the poor are so deeply impacted and constantly under attack," says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa.

"The film is a gritty local crime thriller that immerses its audience in this dark world through its authentic use of language and realistic performances. What makes it even more poignant is that it’s shot against the backdrop of Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world."

International film industry new service Indiewire’s Carlos Aquilar described it as follows: "Extraordinary performances! Uncanny poignancy, gripping intensity.....marvellously directed...", while The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer described the film as "Intense, heartfelt and stylised... eye-popping visuals... potent performances."

In addition to being South Africa's Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, Four Corners was also nominated for an International Press Academy 2014 Satellite Award for Best International Film, the only nominee from Africa in the group of 10 international films competing in the category, and the only African film to be nominated since 2010.

Watch the trailer here:

Four Corners 2013: Official Trailer (HD) from Four Corners Movie on Vimeo.

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