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Two Nollywood movies to screen at TIFF

Black Harvest focuses on organ trafficking

Two Nollywood movies have been selected to make their debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place in the Canadian city from September 7 to 17.

Nigerian filmmaker James Amuta’s neo-noir drama Black Harvest and Genevieve Nnaji’s film adaptation of Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani novel I Do Not Come to You By Chance will both screen at the festival.

Both movies are part of the line-up for TIFF’s centrepiece programme, with 47 titles screening from filmmakers representing 45 countries.

Black Harvest takes viewers into the underworld of illegal organ trafficking and transplant tourism. In the movie, a group of goons-for-hire guarding hostages in a kidnap situation soon discover that their employer’s business isn’t exactly what was advertised, as they find themselves in the same predicament as their victims.

The cast includes Zack Orji, Elvina Baby Ibru, Kelechi Udegbe, Nansy MrsHustle, Tope Olowoniyan, Greg ‘Teddy Bear’ Ojefua, Michael Pankyes John, Olasope Ola and Lavinna Vermaa.

Amuta (Nightfall in Lagos, Collision Course) said on social media: “We invite all industry delegates, international press, distributors, aggregators and all lovers of film to join us in Toronto as we unveil this film that we made with guts and gusto.”

Meanwhile, I Do Not Come to You By Chance is an adaptation of Nigerian author Nwaubani’s debut novel of the same name, published in 2009. It tells the story of a young man burdened with responsibility and the extent to which he goes for his family. It offers an insight into the world of Nigerian email scams and the people behind them.

I Do Not Come to You By Chance is executive produced by Chinny Carter and directed by Ishaya Bello. It stars Paul Nnadiekwe and veteran Blossom Chukwujekwu.

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The King’s Horseman to premiere at TIFF

Elesin Oba (The King’s Horseman)

Elesin Oba (The King’s Horseman), a coproduction between Nigeria’s EbonyLife and streamer Netflix, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

The period movie – an adaptation of a 1975 play titled Death & the King’s Horseman – will feature in the prestigious Special Presentation category, becoming the first Yoruba-language film to do so.

The news was announced by Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife, who took to Instagram to say: “EbonyLife Films and our coproduction partner Netflix are pleased to announce that Elesin Oba will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022.

“The original Death & the King’s Horseman was a stage play, written by Prof. Wole Soyinka, who won Africa’s first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. It is the first time that one of Soyinka’s works has been made into a feature film.

“To our amazing stars and crew, thank you all so much. To our partners Netflix, thank you for partnering with us once again, and to TIFF, thank you for selecting our work to be featured in your 2022 Special Presentation category.”

The film and the play it is based were inspired by a real-life incident that took place in Nigeria during the colonial era when the horseman of a Yoruba king was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.

The screen adaptation was written and directed by Biyi Bandele. Its cast includes Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Olawale ‘Brymo’ Olofooro, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada and Jide Kosoko.

TIFF takes place in Toronto from September 8 to 18. The annual event attracts more than 480,000 people.

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