As part of the ‘Lagos At 50‘ celebrations, our beautiful city is being toasted at the Toronto International Film Festival. With eight films coming from our burgeoning Nollywood industry, we are the talk of the town and our talent is going noticed! The show started with David Oyelowo making us want to break out in dance, so great was his speech. The following films are part of the festival and they’re AWESOME!
1. 93 Days
Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover and TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama star in director Steve Gukas’ riveting real-life thriller about courageous health-care workers in Lagos battling the Ebola outbreak of 2014. Produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, of Wakaa! fame. TIFF synopsis here.
2. 76 The Movie
Nollywood superstars Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, and Chidi Mokeme headline this gripping drama set against the backdrop of the attempted 1976 military coup against the government of General Murtala Mohammed. Check this link for more information. Click here for the TIFF synopsis.
3. The Arbitration
TIFF Rising Stars OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama join a stellar cast of Nollywood heavyweights in this whip-smart courtroom drama about lust, betrayal, and the price of ambition. Full TIFF synopsis here>>
4. Green White Green
A group of young bohemian artists hang out and search for direction in their lives in the stagnant months leading up to the beginning of their university studies, in this richly textured and frequently funny look at Lagos’ new generation. Click here for all the info from TIFF.
5. Just Not Married
In this charming caper comedy, a bright but broke undergraduate striving to escape the slums gets in over his head when his modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far. This is a hilarious must-see. Full details TIFF here>>
6. Okafor’s Law
A slick serial seducer bets his friends that he can bed three old flames in six weeks, in this risqué comedy from the director of the smash hit Wives on Strike, Omoni Oboli. Full TIFF synopsis here.
7. Oko Ashewo (Taxi Driver)
A small-town mechanic turned chauffeur for the mob gets caught up in the troubles of a beautiful sex worker, in this Scorsese-meets-Nollywood crime comedy that transforms the fast-paced and vibrant city of Lagos into an expressionistic film noir metropolis. For TIFF synopsis, click here.
8. The Wedding Party
A lavish wedding escalates into pure Lagosian chaos, in this wild romcom produced by media mogul Mo Abudu. Love, laughs, family, intrigue, and a big old wedding. Romantic comedies offer particular pleasures, and no one does them like Nollywood: brighter, more colourful and often more outrageous than its Hollywood counterpart, the Nigerian romcom is something to behold. So here comes The Wedding Party. The full TIFF details here.
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