Eyimofe Continues Impressive run At Berlin Film Festival
• Sold out for today’s screening, Sunday too
Nigeria feature film, Eyimofe, which premiered at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival has continued to enjoy an impressive run at the festival, with both the premiere and second screening at Colosseum 1, Prenzlauer Berg sold out.
Ahead of today’s screening at the 670-seater capacity Delphi Filmpalast, Chartlottenburg, information from the cinema shows that the ticket has already been sold out since yesterday. Also, tickets for the final screening on Sunday, March 1, have also been sold out, which means there’s likelihood that many might not be able to see the film in Berlin.
However, there are indications that, following the impressive outing at the 70th Berlinale, Eyimofe, which was directed by Arie and Chuko Esiri, produced by Melissa Adeyemo and presented by GDN Studios, might be heading for other major international film festivals in Europe and America.
Today’s screening (Friday), which starts by 7:00 pm, will play host to dignitaries, including the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, who will be attending with other members of the Nigerian community in Germany. The Chairman of The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru will also be attending today’s screening, alongside other guests from Nigeria. Meanwhile, other practitioners, who have followed the impressive run on Eyimofe at the festival, will also be at today’s screening.
By tomorrow, Eyimofe will be competing for the GWFF Best First Feature Award at the festival Gala Night, 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.
In light of its very successful start, the festival is thrilled about the great interest shown by trade visitors and the public at the 70th Berlinale. By the middle of the festival, 272,000 tickets had already been sold – around 20,000 tickets more than in the previous year on the 6th day of the festival. As expected, the demand for online tickets has increased again, as compared to a year ago, while ticket sales at the classic advance booking and box office locations continued to decline.
On the day of the Berlinale Publikumstag, Sunday, March 1, 2020, there will be an encore for the audience. Numerous festival films from the different sections will be repeated in the Berlinale venues. Tickets for the performances at the Berlinale Publikumstag have been available since February 17.
“It’s truly great to experience our first festival together and to greet the international film teams and guests. We’re very happy to see how the Berlinale fans celebrate film art and to witness their openness towards new discoveries”, said the new festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.
Five days after it began, the European Film Market (EFM) can also look back on a more than busy audience and similarly draws a positive interim balance. Strong exhibitor and visitor numbers and a further increase in interest in the events and initiatives of the EFM once again underline the importance of the market as one of the most important trading platforms for audio-visual content worldwide.