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#TIFF16: Find out the 8 Nigerian Movies selected for this Year’s Toronto International Film Festival + What the “City to City” Spotlight means for Nollywood

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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There is so much excitement in Nollywood for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival especially as TIFF chose Lagos for its “City To City” spotlight (click here if you missed it). What this means is that 8 movies – The Wedding Party, 93 days, The Arbitration, Okafor’s Law, 76, Green White Green, Just Not Married and Taxi Driver – will premiere at the international film festival.

TIFF 2016 Selection

The lineup showcases gutsy new works by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries. It’s a huge opportunity for Nollywood to showcase the Nigerian movie industry as a fast-growing sector in the economy.

When the festival artistic director Cameron Bailey talked about Lagos, he said

“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique. The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries. The 1,000 low-budget features ‘Nollywood’ produces each year generate about $1-billion in the box office. Now, from that commercial hotbed, a new generation of filmmakers is emerging to both advance and challenge Nollywood. Bigger budgets, greater artistic ambition – the new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the international stage. We’re excited to share the creativity of this remarkable city’s filmmakers with TIFF audiences in September.”

See the movies being showcased below.

The Wedding Party

Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba, ‘The Wedding Party’ is the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W). The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple. Ali Baba and Sola Sobowale play the role of Dunni’s parents while Iretiola Doyle and Richard Mofe-Damijo play Dozie’s parents. Other notable names in the stellar cast include Zainab Balogun, AY, Beverly Naya, EmmaOhMaGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Ayo Makun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro amongst others.

93 Days

Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover and TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama star in director Steve Gukas’ riveting real-life thriller about courageous health-care workers in Lagos battling the Ebola outbreak of 2014.

The Arbitration

‘The Arbitration’ tells the story of Gbenga (O.C Ukeje) and his employee Dara (Adesua Etomi) who had an affair. After the affair ended and Dara left the company, she sued Gbenga and accused him of rape. An Arbitration panel was constituted to find out the truth. The upcoming movie also stars Nollywood actors like Sola Fosudo, Ireti Doyle, Somkele Iyamah, Beverly Naya, Gregory Ojefua and more.

Okafor’s Law

A slick serial seducer bets his friends that he can bed three old flames in six weeks, in this risqué comedy from the director of the smash hit Wives on Strike, Omoni Oboli. The movie also casts Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ufuoma McDermott, Toyin Aimakhu, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ken Erics, Gabriel Afolayan, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Yvonne Jegede, Betty Irabor, Uche Nnaji and more.

76

Nollywood superstars Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, and Chidi Mokeme headline this gripping drama set against the backdrop of the attempted 1976 military coup against the government of General Murtala Mohammed.

Green White Green

A group of young bohemian artists hang out and search for direction in their lives in the stagnant months leading up to the beginning of their university studies, in this richly textured and frequently funny look at Lagos’ new generation. The movie stars Ifeanyi Dike, Jamal Ibrahim, Samuel Robinson, Crystabel Goddy, Okey Uzeoshi, Bimbo Manuel, Eric Didie, Donatus Ekwuazi, Donald Jonah, Meg Otanwa, Abubakar Yakubu, Dabis Christopher, Omoye Uzamere

Just Not Married

In this charming caper comedy, a bright but broke undergrad striving to escape the slums gets in over his head when his modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far. Directed by Uduak-Obong Patrick, the movie stars Judith Audu, Stan Nze, Rotimi Salami, Roland Obutu, Brutus Richard.

Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo)

A small-town mechanic turned chauffeur for the mob gets caught up in the troubles of a beautiful sex worker, in this Scorsese-meets-Nollywood crime comedy that transforms the fast-paced and vibrant city of Lagos into an expressionistic film noir metropolis. Directed by Daniel Emeke Oriahi, the movie stars Femi Jacobs, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Odunlade Adekola and Afeez (Saka) Oyetoro.

The 41st annual Toronto Int’l Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18, 2016.

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

21 Comments

  1. Ammee

    August 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Niceeee one!

  2. Ray

    August 17, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I watched all the trailers and I must say I’m impressed with the growth of our movie industry. The stories are better and even the picture and sound quality. I can’t wait to see these movies! Kudos to Somkele, Adesua and Ireti are doing the most. Kudos to all the movies.

    • Red

      August 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I agree, the trailers are really impressive. Loved the humor in ‘Green White Green’, the Drama in ’76 and the realness in ’93days’. And of course, everyone’s fave, ‘The Wedding Party’. Well done Ndi Nollywood.???????

  3. Ray

    August 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    *Somkele, Adesua and Ireti are doing the most. Kudos to all the movies

  4. tcee

    August 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    can’t wait….

    lets support our own.

    kudos guys

  5. tk

    August 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    woooooh!!! spot on @ trailers. Congrats to all

  6. MsTiLii

    August 17, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    My personal choice are 93 Days and 76
    I am so impressed just watching the trailer
    I wish them all luck with all the nominations and hope they win
    This is very very impressive and makes me so happy to see such great movies attached to Nollywood. Slowly slowly we will get there were 90% of all our african movies are this great.

    Ps: Now i can see why we hardly see Bimbo Akintola in movies, she meant what she said when she said she is highly selective with her roles now, and so she should be – she is just too excellent. I miss seeing her and cant wait to watch 93

  7. tillaman

    August 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    76 and 93 days looking like a lot of hard work went into making them. Great job Nigerians

  8. Ms A

    August 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Lord
    may you help all the casting of these movies afford to attend this week long event, I really want them to be present there in Toronto Canada. This is very special. I am in US but i will make arrangement to go to Toronto to support them and cheer them on, all those in Toronto who love african movies should too.

    • Tosin

      August 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      awww,
      they should also carry me with them o 🙂

  9. MsTiLii

    August 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I didnt notice there was a website for 93
    the casting for 93 is just phenomenal see it here 93daysmovie.com/#section-cast
    Excellent casting – who ever casted did a great job – i woulda cast the same way. 2 thumbs up.
    I love movies with excellent cast mix. Casting is very important

  10. De Duchess

    August 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Yes to Bimbo Akintola and Rita Dominic. I don’t know if this is such a big deal, because most times, Nigerians are given so little to make us feel like we are all there.
    What I hope for is that the world sees the talent of Rita Dominic and Bimbo Akintola. They have paid their dues. Of all the trailers, the ones with the numbers stand out. 76 and 93 Days.
    I mean just look at all that rush of anxiety I suffered after watching 76 trailer!!!!!!

  11. mrs chidukane

    August 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    When I watched the 93 days trailer, I cursed Patrick Sawyer again and again. Wicked man. That truly was a very proud moment for Nigeria, the way the Ebola crisis was managed even though there were some glitches but overall, they did well. I pray we always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They are the ones who should be honored, not thieving politicians who have never done anything for the betterment of the nation. All the movies look very good.

  12. Pearl

    August 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    So proud of our industry growing without the help of our so called leaders. Our government needs to be ashamed of themselves, look at an industry that is growing without their help… Later they’ll want to claim it when it goes well. Mchew, at least make sure they are more strict piracy enforcement, mba.

  13. Wow

    August 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    All these beautiful movies that those outside of naija will never get to watch!!! [sigh]

    • chingasco5

      August 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Most of them will eventually find it’s way to netflix and irokotv

  14. Xplorenollywood.com

    August 17, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Nigerian Movies going places… Arbitration this weekend and the rest when they eventually come out! Ride on Nollywood.

  15. tunmi

    August 18, 2016 at 4:24 am

    So… Where can I buy my copy NOW!!!!!

  16. Purplegirl

    August 18, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I’m so excited for green white green, the wedding party and taxi driver. The trailer for not married wasn’t encouraging but it looks like I would love the plot.

  17. seyi

    August 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Definitely going to watch one of these movies during TIFF. Support for Nigerian Movies.

  18. Keyyna

    August 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I have seen Taxi driver and Just not married and I must say I was impressed. For the others I can’t wait to watch, plus the trailers for Nigerian movies these day is off the hook. Keep up the good work Nollywood.

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