Eyimofe selected for film festivals in Greece, Poland
After a successful outing recently at Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, where it won the Audience Award (in the Meeting Point Section), as well as clinching the Best Fiction (in the New Filmmakers Competition) at the just concluded São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil, Nigerian film Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) has been selected for the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) in Greece and the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland.
The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival was launched virtually on Thursday, the opening film was projected onto a screen in an empty room in the Olympion theater due to the coronavirus. Organisers of TIFF recognised the importance of film and filmmaking in the age of coronavirus and brought the festival to viewers despite the nation-wide lockdown in Greece.
This year, the festival is hosting 117 films from around the world, including 18 feature films from Greece and 21 Greek short films.
Eyimofe, which had its World Premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, was screened yesterday at the Open Horizons section of TIFF.
Meanwhile, Eyimofe will be screened in the Discoveries Section of the ongoing 20th New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland. Launched in 2001 in the city of Wroclaw, which formerly held the title of European Capital of Culture, the festival aims at presenting independent artistic cinema which sought for new ways of expression and breaking the frontiers set by conventional filmmakers.
This is a festival of cinema visionaries, adamant artists, brave enough to follow their own path against the trends and to talk about the most important matters, using their own, unique language. From hundreds of films screened every year at international festivals, as well as those submitted for selection, the organisers have chosen films that – due to their unusual form and power of expression – defend themselves from being forgotten. The festival will run until the 15th November.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Eyimofe is a two-chapter film that follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign Shores.
The film is presented by GDN Studios, directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri and produced by Melissa Adeyemo. It was funded entirely in Nigeria and shot on 16mm filmed across 48 locations in Lagos. Executive Producers include Maiden Alex Ibru, Toke Alex Ibru, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Kayode Akindele and Ifeoma Esiri.
Since its World Premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, the film has been selected for different international festivals, including Indie Lisboa International Film Festival in Portugal, BFI London Film Festival in UK, Mostra Sao Paolo International Film Festival in Brazil,, Cinecitta International Film Festival (CIFF) in Netherlands, Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, The Viennale in Austria, Sharjah Film Platform festival in UAE, Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada, and AFI Film Festival in USA.
Now with the festival selections in Greece and Poland, Eyimofe has been exposed to festival audiences in 12 countries -representing Nigeria everywhere it travels to.