As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence, ‘Eyimofe’ is set to premiere in the United Kingdom, at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday, October 11.
The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its US premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.
Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the UK to join in the country’s 60th anniversary, ‘Eyimofe’ has debuted its official trailer for the festival.
A GDN Studios production, the 114 minutes film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Tomiwa Edun, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.
Shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, ‘Eyimofe’ tells 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 characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life, and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected.
‘Eyimofe’ is the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.