A new South African film, to be directed by Ian Gabriel, is an official selection for the 2008 Berlinale Co-Production Market.
The only South African entry to be selected for the Berlinale, Four Corners, is based on an original idea by Ian Gabriel and Hofmeyr Scholtz and is written by Hofmeyr Scholtz. The entry is one of 35 film proejcts selected by the Berlinale out of a record 378 submissions from around the world. The Berlinale Co Production Market will form a significant element of the 58th annual Berlin Film Festival.
The 35 selected films are drawn from 25 countries and include both new talent and the work of renowned directors such as Agnieszka Holland and Deepa Mehta. Selected by an international panel, the projects will be presented by their producers to invited international sales agents, distributors, co production partners and funding representatives active in the field of co-production. The Berlinale Co-Production Market boasts a consistently high success rate: 59 projects presented at the Berlinale in the last four years have since then gone into production or been released on screen.
Four Corners South African producers Cindy Gabriel of Giant Films and Genevieve Hofmeyr of Moonlighting Films will represent the project in Berlin in February.
Four Corners is a redemptive coming of age story set in South Africa's urban ganglands. It has been co-developed by Giant Films with Moonlighting Films since December 2005. Giant Films is also involved in a co-development deal with Moonlighting Films and Louverture Films New York, on the historic television series, Bush Babylon, based on an original concept by Ian Gabriel. Danny Glover will Executive Produce the project, with Joslyn Barnes of Louverture Films New York.