With less than a month to go till the start of the next Design Indaba, Alistair King, co-founder and chief creative officer at the King James group of companies, has nominated Giant Films' director Ian Gabriel's hard-hitting feature film Four Corners for the Design Indaba's MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object in South Africa) Award.
In his nomination note, Alistair King comments that the way Four Corners
reveals Cape Town as a "complex messy city with the idea of Cape Flats gangsterism interpreted as a game of chess... is at the heart of its beauty".
The idea of chess is a central motif in the structure, pace and design of Ian Gabriel's movie where the strategy, tactics and end gambit required as a young boy negotiates his way through a week of survival on the Cape Flats is compared with the strategy and tactics required to negotiate one's way across the Four Corners of a chessboard.
As the story unfolds, 13-year-old chess whizz Ricardo learns that the Cape Flats is a chessboard, with every street and corner controlled by gangs involved in an endless round of turf wars. As Ricardo comes of age, his awareness of the shrinking choices he faces on this chessboard is growing. As in a game of chess, when it's time for Ricardo to make his move, he can't elect to stand still. The unexpected move he makes in the final scenes will affect his life and the intersecting lives of people around him forever.
In a note after watching a preview of the film Alistair said, "Four Corners
is a spectacular film. Beautiful and ugly at the same time. The performances and direction is great. Markus Wormstorm (the composer) has done an extraordinary job. The end line in the movie sums up the film's creative mantra: 'There's only one rule - you can't stand still. You have to make a move.'
Responding to the nomination, Kim Seeliger, Design Indaba Expo Manager, commented on "how diverse the perception of beauty can be: Four Corners
reflects on the volatility and complexity of life on the Cape Flats, juxtaposed with a message of hope". Four Corners
is the first feature film to be nominated for the Design Award amongst competing nominations in diverse fields of art sculpture jewellery, etc.
Delegates to the Design Indaba will get the opportunity to view, discuss and hear more about each of the nominees and will be invited to vote on each of the 12 finalists, with the winner announced at the conclusion of the Indaba. A special screening of Four Corners
will be held for Design Indaba delegates during the Design Indaba weekend on February 28th. For more about the MBOISA award and the Design Indaba, you can visit their sites here:
MBOISA - http://www.designindaba.com/galleries/most-beautiful-object-south-africa-2014
Design Indaba - http://www.designindaba.com/ Four Corners
is the Best Foreign Language Film nominee at the 2014 International Press Academy Satellite Awards, due for selection in Los Angeles at the end of February. The film was also South Africa's Official Submission to the 86th Academy Awards.
The film opens on March 28th in screens across South Africa.
View the trailer below.