The Cannes Film Festival is currently underway in well, Cannes, France. And this year, African film practitioners will get the chance to market their films, interact, find partners and expand their professional network with other film industry professionals at Marché du Film, world’s biggest film market.
We already know that we are going to have Nollywood representation with Joke Silva, Rita Dominic, Kunle Afolayan and others attending the festival. Now, we know Kathryn Fasegha‘s second feature film 2 Weeks in Lagos will screen at Cannes on Friday. Fasegha isn’t much of a popular director in the industry; she’s based in Canadian and her first movie Treacherous Heart didn’t really make a splash.
After screening at Cannes, 2 Weeks in Lagos will also be screened in Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana before a grand European and Asian cinematic release tour before its North American release, all in 2019. Busy schedule, if you ask me. The trailer was only just released and goodness, why is Mawuli Gavor such a stock character? You know, the tall, dark handsome guy who thinks women find him irresistible. Spare me.
The movie feels like romantic drama – a love affair of Ejikeme (Gavor), an investment banker, and Lola (Beverly Naya), whose lives collide when Ejikeme comes home from the United States to invest in Nigerian businesses. It is love at first sight for them (is it though?), as they embark on a journey of discovering this new love. Well, well, well, this plot could definitely have been better because there are a gazillion storylines like this. Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko. Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello and Tina Mba make up the major cast. I really don’t care about the rest.
Gavor, Silva and Naya will be attending the screening of the movie, which hits select theaters in Nigeria in October. Here’s the trailer below:
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