Eyimofe wins World Cinema Jury Award
Nigerian feature film Eyimofe (This is My Desire) has won the Jury Award at the 11th edition of the World Cinema Amsterdam Competition in the Netherlands.
Directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, Eyimofe presents a realistic picture of everyday life in Lagos, a city where the road to a better life is fraught with many obstacles.
World Cinema’s organisers said of the film: “Eyimofe is a tender film, about truly good and ambitious people who are often stopped dead in their tracks.
“It’s a film about dreams and aspirations being arrested in development, with many sudden turns in the story that result in a special kind of suspense: you sense where the people in this film are trying to go to, but you can’t really anticipate the obstacles, big and small, that they’ll come across, making it a subtle and layered story that allows its many characters of all walks of life to live with their own contradictions.”
In addition to the award, the Esiri brothers were also given a cash prize of €5,000 for a future film project. The World Cinema Amsterdam Competition took place at the end of last month, with the award presented on Saturday August 29.
Eyimofe has previously been screened at movie theatres in the US cities of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Winston-Salem, Brooklyn, Hudson, Tucson and Dallas. It is currently screening at the Roxie in San Francisco, California and it will continue to open in more cities across the US and Canada, according to GDN Studios, the Nigerian production company behind the 2020 film.
Eyimofe recently won Best Feature Narrative at this year’s BlackStar film festival in Pennsylvania.