Four Corners triumphs at 2015 SaftasFour Corners, the first film to deal in depth with the 100-year-old war between Cape Town's "Number" gangs, triumphed at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) on Sunday, 22 March, winning six Golden Horn trophies including the coveted award for Best Film.

Johannesburg schoolboy Jezriel Skei became the youngest ever Safta Best Actor award winner for his role as chess prodigy Ricardo in the coming-of-age thriller, while Brendon Daniels was named Best Supporting Actor.

The film also took the Best Achievement awards for cinematography (Vicci Turpin), sound design (Barry Donnelly) and original score, which was composed by Markus Wormstorm. The soundtrack also features the work of South African artists ranging from Khula Chani and Felix la Band to Khyle Shepherd, Hemelbesem and others.

The Saftas awards add to a growing list of accolades that Four Corners has picked up since its premiere in Los Angeles in September 2013, which was followed by a general theatrical release in South Africa in March 2014.

Chosen as South Africa's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards, the movie went on last year to win Best Film at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival in Canada, Best Feature at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and a 2nd Place Best Film Youth Jury award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.

It was also the only African film to be nominated for Best International Motion Picture by the International Press Academy at the 2014 Satellite Awards.

Directed by Ian Gabriel, Four Corners is set against the long-running war between South Africa's Number gangs, the 26 and the 28. It centres on a 13-year-old chess whizz-kid whose absent father, recently released from prison, tries to break the cycle of violence and rescue his son from the culture of the gangs.

The film blends Sabela (the gangs' coded prison language), Tsotsi-taal, Cape Afrikaans and English while 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.

Four Corners was produced by Giant Films and Moonlighting Films and co-funded by Giant Films, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Film and Video Foundation.

Other Saftas winners

The other feature film winners at the 2015 Saftas were:

  • iNumber Number - best director (Donovan March), best editing, best scriptwriting
  • Hard to Get - best actress (Thishiwe Ziqubu)
  • Die Windpomp - best supporting actress (Marga Van Rooy)
  • Faan se Trein - best art/production design, best makeup and hairstyling
  • Winnie Mandela - best costume design

Source: staff reporter
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