Nigerian movie tops list for London Film Festival


•Mo Abudu

•Mo Abudu
•Mo Abudu

Daniels Ekugo

A Nigerian movie, ‘Fifty’ has been shortlisted under the ‘Love Category’ of 2015 London Film Festival of The British Film Institute (BFI).

In a statement from the institute, Clare Stewart, Festival Director, who presented this year’s selection of films and events, said the movie ‘Fifty’, set in Lagos, a city of breathtaking contrasts, tends to celebrate the pulse and energy of this fast developing metropolis and explores the diversities and complexities of its colourful people through the lenses of its women.

The film stars Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim.

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The production is Mo Abudu’s quest to showcase African women coming of age, loaded with increasingly similar aspirations and dilemmas faced by their contemporaries everywhere, while yet navigating unresolved traditions and obligations.

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive Officer, BFI, during her opening remarks declared this year’s festival theme as “The Year of the Strong Woman”; a fitting theme for ‘Fifty’, a riveting exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry, seduction and infidelity.

‘Fifty’ will have its Festival premiere on Saturday, 17 October, 2015, at the Vue 7 Cinema, London, and a special grand Nigeria premiere on 13 December, 2015 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

‘Fifty’, directed by Biyi Bandele and produced by Mo Abudu, is one of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres and 40 European Premieres to be showcased during the event.