logoSouth Africa – January 30, 2014. In a joint statement today, director of the acclaimed, hard-hitting drama FOUR CORNERS, Ian Gabriel, and producers Cindy Gabriel and Genevieve Hofmeyr, announced their delight in the opportunity to extend the date of the movie's local theatrical release by 4 weeks, to March 28th.

"This gives us more throttle to stretch the film to its full potential, and continue the momentum of our nationwide awareness campaign to reach South African audiences," says Gabriel, who promises that his coming-of-age thriller will take audiences "deep into the harsh realities of the unique and volatile gangland sub-culture of the sprawling Cape Flats, and despite the gritty nature of gang warfare, at its centre is an inspirational sense of hope and possibility."

Four Corners was South Africa's Official Entry in the 2014 Oscar® "Best Foreign Language Film" category, and received positive reviews following its Oscar campaign screenings to Academy voters in Hollywood. Jordan Mintzer, film reviewer in the global trade bible, The Hollywood Reporter", says, "the film has style and polish to find overseas takers."

Cindy Gabriel says, "Although we weren't ultimately nominated for an Oscar® we received the enormous honour of recognition as an Official Entry."

Four Corners still stands as a contender in the Awards season and has been nominated in the upcoming International Press Academy (I.P.A) Awards as "Best Foreign Language Film" for Satellite Award."

In South Africa the movie will open alongside a number of Oscar® nominated and winning movies, and producer Genevieve Hofmeyr says, "We see the value in building our campaign to reach audiences of those heavily attended movies."

In South Africa Four Corners has racked up a rapidly growing interest and online following, and virtually built cult status. "We are astounded at the level of 'noise' our film has generated so far ahead of its release, and now with the advantage of a longer lead-in, we plan to amplify that and build on the fan base." says Ian Gabriel.

Veteran actress, Lindiwe Matshikiza (who delivered a powerful rendering as Zindzi Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'), Brendon Daniels and Irshaad Ally head up the cast of experienced actors, and Gabriel's vivid characters are brought to life by first time teenage actors (Jezriel Skei plays the pivotal role of 'Ricardo'). The director drew on undiscovered talent by casting 'real' people from the local schools and chess clubs, and communities across the Cape Flats.

"This is a gritty, contemporary street film in the vein of 'City of God' and 'Amores Perros'," says Helen Kuun, of local distributor Indigenous Film Distribution. "Despite its hard-hitting narrative, the film is also heartfelt and redemptive, making it one of the most interesting movies to look forward to this year."