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High expectation as Eyimofe premieres at Berlinale today


There is a high expectation at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival, as Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), the first independent Nigerian film, set to premiere today at the 70th Berlinale.

Already, tickets for today’s event at the 800-seater Cinemaxx 3, and that of Tuesday taking at the Colosseum 1, are sold out. However, guests can still have the opportunity to see the film on February 28 at the Dephi Filmpalast starting from 18.30pm, and on March 1 at Cubix 9.

Meanwhile, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), a Nigeria-America co-production, has landed a sales representation deal ahead of its premiere.


According to reports, New York-based Aspect Ratio Sales has taken sales rights of the film. It, however, excludes Africa and Asia where producer, GDN Studios, retains.

Presented by GDN Studios, directed by the Esiri brothers, Arie and Chuko, and produced by Melissa Adeyemo, Eyimofe addresses migrants’ endless pursuit for greener pastures in Europe and the reality they often meet at the end. It tells the story of two people’s quest for what they believe will be a better life in Europe.


Starring Jude Akuwudike, Tomiwa Edun, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, and Jacob Alexander, Eyimofe tells the story of two people’s quest for what they believe will be a better life in Europe. ⁣

In 2018, the film became a ‘Purple List Award’ winner and one of 10 projects chosen for the 2019 IFP Narrative Lab in New York. The production team and cast for Eyimofe are already in Berlin for the world premiere.


The team, which left Lagos yesterday, will be joined by the rest from the United States as well as top officials from the Federal Government and Lagos State and the Nigerian community in Berlin to celebrate the film that has put the country on a global reckoning.

The Berlin International Film Festival usually, called the Berlinale, is a yearly event held in the German town.

Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978 and is one of the ‘Big Three’ beside the Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.


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