Eyimofe is going to be a big hit – Nigerian ambassador to Germany
The Delphi Filmpalast, Chartlottenburg, Berlin, Germany, was pack full on Friday, as Nigerian film, Eyimofe, had its third screening at the ongoing 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
Among dignitaries that saw the film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, include the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, his wife and other top officials of the embassy, who were received by the Chairman/Publisher of The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, who also had the opportunity of seeing the movie for the first time.
In his reaction after the screening that lasted for about 120 minutes, Ambassador Tuggar described Eyimofe as a well-made film that celebrates the achievement of the Nigerian Film Industry.
“It’s a fantastic film that highlights the range that the Nigerian movie has. This is supposed to be an independent film, as supposed to Nollywood movies we have been viewing. For me, it’s going to be a big hit; it’s going to show that there’s so much potential in out movie industry.”
The Ambassador, who commended the production team of the film noted that Eyimofe couldn’t have been shown in Germany at any better time than now.“The time that the film is showing in Berlin is a perfect time because of sudden issues to do with migration in Germany.”
Expressing his joy over the impressive run and reception the film has been enjoying in Berlin since the premiere on Monday, Tuggar said: “It made me very proud that young Nigerians produced the film; writing such script, directing it, it was fantastic. The fact that the film attained this recognition at Berlinale says a lot. I know that these young men are going to be around for many years.”
The Ambassador noted that Nigeria has a vibrant media and entertainment industry, adding, “this is something that is driving the growth of our economy. We have the fastest growing media and entertainment sector in the world and this film is a good example of what can be achieved by Nigeria in terms of filmmaking.”
Meanwhile, Eyimofe will have its final screening tomorrow (Sunday) at the Cubix 9, Alexanderplatz. At the Gala Night holding later today, Eyimofe will come for the GWFF Best First Feature Award, alongside Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino (Window Boy Would Also Like to Have A Submarine) from Uruguay / Argentina / Brazil / Netherlands / Philippines, by Alex Piperno; Gorod usnul (In Deep Sleep) from Russia by Maria Ignatenko; and Namo (The Alien) from Iran by Nader Saeiviar.