Barely a week after it won the Torino International Film Festival’s Achille Valdata Award, Nigerian feature film, Eyimofe (This is My Desire), has been selected for the 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (@cairofilms), which opened on December 2 and ends on December 10, in the Egyptian capital. Watch the trailer at the link in bio.
The film, which had its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, in Germany, will be screened in the International Panorama section of the festival.
Launched in 1976 by the writer-critic Kamal el-Mallakh, it is the oldest running film festival in the Middle East and Africa..
Egypt has enjoyed a strong cinematic tradition for over a century and has been the location of so many hit Hollywood films, notably The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Gallipoli (1981), Malcolm X (1992), Independence Day (1996), Jumper (2008), and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).
Set in Lagos, Eyimofe is a two-chapter film that follows 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 film is presented by @gdnstudiosng, directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri and produced by Melissa Adeyemo. It was funded entirely in Nigeria, shot on 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos. Executive Producers include Maiden Alex Ibru, Toke Alex Ibru, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Kayode Akindele and Ifeoma Esiri.
Since its world premiere, the film has been selected for different international film festivals in Germany, Portugal, the UK, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, the UAE, Canada, the US, Greece, Poland, Italy, and China.
Now, with the recent festival selections in France and Egypt, Eyimofe has been exposed to festival audiences in 16 countries – representing Nigeria everywhere it travels to.