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African movies screened at Cannes

The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which began last week, has hosted the screening of two African movies.

Beverly Naya

Two Weeks in Lagos comes from Nigerian director Kathryn Fasegha while Atlantics was helmed by French-Senegalese director Mati Diop.

Two weeks in Lagos features Nollywood actors like Beverly Naya, Jide Kosoko and Joke Silva. Fasegha said: “It’s a love story and also a faith-based story. It’s a story about a young couple that meet and go through a lot of challenges. It’s also a love story with a difference because of the characters involved. They are two characters with strong ethics who know exactly what they want.”

Set in the city of Lagos, the movie will also be screened in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and other parts of the world.

Kathryn said: “I am very excited to be at the Cannes Film Festival. For me, it’s not just about directing a movie, it is also exciting to see my movie placed on one of the biggest film platforms in the world.”

Mati Diop’s movie Atlantics

Atlantics is the story about a young woman (Mame Sane) in Senegal whose lover disappears by boat in search of greater opportunities in Europe.

Mati Diop is the first woman of African descent to feature in the competition segment of the festival, the Palme d’Or.

“It’s pretty late and it’s incredible that it is still relevant,” she said. “My first feeling, to be the first black female director, was a little sadness that this only happened today, in 2019. But if, for some young black female film directors, I can represent a new dynamic, I’m obviously extremely happy.”

The Cannes Film Festival comes to a close on May 25.

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Netflix adds Africa’s Atlantique

Mati Diop’s Atlantique

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to award-winning African film Atlantique from French-Senegalese director Mati Diop.

Atlantique stars Mame Bineta Sane as Ada, a woman whose lover leaves Dakar on a boat in search of a better life in Spain after failing to receive pay following a long construction job.

The film won the Grand Prix at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival, with Diop becoming the first black woman to receive the honour.

The acquisition is part of Netflix’s strategy to ramp up its content from Africa.

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