Through Ifeanyi Ibeh, with agency reports
August 29, 2021 | 3:53 p.m.
Nigerian feature film Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) won the jury prize on Saturday at the 11th edition of the World Cinema Amsterdam Competition in the Netherlands. In their first film, twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri painted a realistic portrayal of everyday life in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, telling the stories…
Nigerian feature film Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) won the jury prize on Saturday at the 11th edition of the World Cinema Amsterdam Competition in the Netherlands.
In their first film, twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri painted a realistic portrayal of daily life in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, recounting the fates of two of its residents, both dreaming of a new beginning. in Europe. And the members of the World Cinema jury chose the film produced by GDN Studios as the winner of the biggest prize at World Cinema Amsterdam.
In their report, they described Eyimofe as “a tender film, about really good, ambitious people who are often stopped dead in their tracks. It’s a movie about dreams and aspirations set in development, with many sudden twists in the story that lead to a particular kind of suspense: you feel where the people in this movie are trying to go, but you can’t. not really anticipating the obstacles large and small they will encounter, making it a subtle, layered story that allows its many characters from all walks of life to live with their own contradictions.
“Each person contains multitudes, each story has multiple dimensions”, noted the jury, before concluding: “… a rich and visually fascinating story on migration.
For the emerging Jury Prize winners, the Esiri brothers not only received the award, they also received a cash prize of € 5,000 for a future film project.
On Saturday, two other prizes were also awarded: the World Cinema Exchange Award, which went to Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania for his “film that makes you think” The man who sold his skin, and the World Cinema Audience Award, which was awarded to the Rwandan director. Joel Karekezi for his film The Mercy of the Jungle.
Ben Hania received a prize of € 2,500 for a future film project, while Karekezi received a cash donation of € 5,000, also for a future film project.
The World Cinema Jury Award is the second prize Eyimofe will win in August, having established itself as best narrative feature at this year’s BlackStar Film Festival in Pennsylvania, the world’s first celebration of film noir, brun and indigenous and video artists.
Indeed, Eyimofe has represented Nigeria around the world, having been selected for festivals in over 20 countries to date. These include the Berlin International Film Festival 2020, where it had its world premiere; the London Film Festival of the British Film Institute; and the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival. He has won several festival awards, including “Laureate, Best Fiction, New Filmmakers” at the São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil) and “Laureate, Achille Valdata Award” at the Turin Film Festival (Italy).
Fully funded in Nigeria and shot in 16mm, Eyimofe, which premiered at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, is GDN Studios’ debut film. Directed by the Esiri brothers and produced by Melissa O. Adeyemo, executive producers include Maiden Alex Ibru, Toke Alex Ibru, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Kayode Akindele and Ifeoma Esiri.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Eyimofe, a two-chapter film, follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, in their quest for what ‘they think there is a better life on foreign shores.
Eyimofe, following the acquisition by Janus Film of its rights for the North American market, is currently showing at the Roxie in San Francisco, California. It had already been screened in theaters in the American cities of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Winston-Salem, Brooklyn, Hudson, Tucson and Dallas.
After San Francisco, Eyimofe will continue to open in more cities in the United States and Canada. You can find more information on this at www.eyimofemovie.com.