South Africa’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, “Four Corners”, was last night the recipient of a Best International Film Nomination from the International Press Academy (IPA) in Los Angeles.
The South African coming of age film, set in the unknown world of the Cape Flats was completed only 12 weeks ago and is a newcomer in a field of well-established competitors in the International Film category.
“Four Corners”, directed by Ian Gabriel, 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, which is distributing the film in South Africa. “This comes only days before the official screening of the film to the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Committee.”
Leading the nominations across all categories were “12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen) with 10 nominations, and “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron) and “American Hustle” (David O Russell) with eight nominations each.
“The IPA is a global association of professional entertainment journalists who reach millions worldwide via print, television, radio, and the internet,” adds Kuun.
Over the 17-year history of the Satellite Awards, most Oscar Best Picture nominees were also Satellite nominees. The winner of the Satellite Award for drama has gone on to be named the Oscars’ Best Picture five times (including four in a row from 2006-2009), while the Satellite comedy winner has been named Best Picture once.
The Satellite Awards ceremony will be held one week after the Oscars, on 9 March, 2014 in Los Angeles.
“Four Corners” opens on the South African theatrical circuit on February 7th, 2014.
Full List of IPA International Film Nominees:
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”– France
“The Broken Circle Breakdown”– Belgium
“Four Corners”– South Africa
“The Great Beauty”– Italy
“The Hunt”– Denmark
“Metro Manila”– United Kingdom
“The Past”– Iran
“Wadjda”– Saudia Arabia
The “Four Corners” teaser trailer:
Official Website: www.fourcornersthemovie.com