Monday, October 3, 2016

Three Nigerian Films in Top Competition at FILM AFRICA 2016 in London




Three Nigerian Films in Top Competition at FILM AFRICA 2016 in London


Three critically acclaimed Nigerian films will compete for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the FILM AFRICA 2016
http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/auf-audience-award/

They are "Gidi Blues" by Femi Odugbemi, "CEO" by Kunle Afolayan and "The Arbitration" by Niyi Akinmolayan.
The films have been selected for the special NOLLYWOOD NIGHTS at the film festival.

Presented by Film Africa, the Royal African Society's annual festival celebrates the best contemporary cinema from across Africa and its Diaspora.
The 2016 festival will take place in venues across London from 28 October to 6 November.

The following is the complete list of films in competition.

THE ARBITRATION
A UNITED KINGDOM
THE CEO
CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN
DREAMSTATES
GIDI BLUES – A LAGOS LOVE STORY
IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY
KATI KATI
LA ISLA DE PEREJIL
Unclad REALITY
NAKOM
THE WEDDING RING
WHITE COLOUR BLACK.

THE ARBITRATION
Dir. Niyi Akinmolayan
Nigeria. 2016. 100 mins. English. N/C 15+
Gbenga (O.C. Ukeje), a charming and celebrated entrepreneur who runs a profitable tech company, is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by Dara (Adesua Etomi), a computer engineer whose talents helped Gbenga’s company achieve success. The former colleagues are also former lovers. Their torrid two-year love affair ended bitterly when Gbenga learned that his wife was pregnant, and Dara quit without collecting her shares in the company. Her lawsuit seeks compensation, but what she really wants is for Gbenga to admit that he raped her after the breakup. Reconstructing the past is a daunting task when every small detail differs depending on which side of the negotiation table you sit. The deeper the questioning, the more is revealed in this complex tale of betrayal in both the office and the bedroom.

CEO
Dir. Kunle Afolayan
Nigeria. 2016. 105 mins. English, French, Swahili, Yoruba, Chinese, Arabic with English subtitles. N/C 15+
In this mystery-thriller from celebrated filmmaker Kunle Afolyan, five top executives are selected from across Africa to compete for the role of CEO in a multinational telecommunications firm. During the week long retreat to determine who is most suitable, mysterious circumstances lead to two of the wannabe executives becoming prime suspects is a grisly crime. With a stellar Nollywood cast, including Lala Akindoju, Wale Ojo and a screen debut from the indefatigable grammy award winning singer, Angélique Kidjo, The CEO will have you gripped from the opening scene until the credits roll.

GIDI BLUES
Dir. Femi Odugbemi
Nigeria. 2016. 100 mins. English. N/C 15+
Titled in tribute to the ‘Gidi’ essence of the city of Lagos and its inhabitants’ resilient  spirit,  Gidi Blues is the latest feature from celebrated Nigerian filmmaker Femi Odugbemi. Odugbemi uses the metropolis’ iconic locations, including Idumota market, Makoko, Victoria Island and Freedom Park, as a backdrop for his main character’s turbulent love story. It all starts with an accidental first encounter which makes it clear to Akin (Gideon Okeke) that his indulgent playboy approach will not be enough to win over a beautiful, committed and confident woman like Nkem (Hauwa Allahbura). Film Africa is proud to present the European premiere after a successful commercial release in Nigeria earlier this 

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