The much-awaited biopic about the dreaded Ebola, 93 Days and another film The Wedding Party have been announced as among works for screening at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada, scheduled for next month.
|Scene from The Wedding Party|
The Wedding Party, a Elfike Film Collective "will premiere as Spotlight City to City programme" at the festival. The premiere is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the historic Elgin Theatre. In its 41st edition, the TIFF runs from the 8th to 18th of September, 2016.
After a controversial take off, 93 Days, the Ebola movie, directed by Steve Gukas was finally shown at a preview in Lagos few weeks ago.
Loosely based on the heroic efforts of those behind the halting of the Ebola spread in Nigeria, 93Days, according to the producers, honours "our gone but never forgotten heroes; we appreciate the living selfless fighters too!"
Directed by Kemi Adetiba, The Wedding Party, a romcom, stars Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, and Adesua Etomi. Some of the stars of the film are expected to attend the premiere.
“We are pleased to welcome The Wedding Party by award-winning filmmaker Kemi Adetiba to the Festival, and are proud to present it to a global audience,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Adetiba has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting her own unique spin on a familiar genre.”
According to Executive Producer, Mo Abudu “This will be the second time an EbonyLife movie is selected to screen at an international film festival of great repute. TIFF’s selection of ‘The Wedding Party’ is a true honour. I can’t think of a better place, or a better global audience for the film’s festival Premiere.”
Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and Adetiba, ‘The Wedding Party’ has been described as an "initiative designed to raise the bar in African storytelling through unrivalled technical achievement in filmmaking and creative media arts. Elfike Film Collective is a collaboration of Africa’s leading powerhouses - EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, 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.
Alibaba 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, Emma OhMyGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Ayo Makun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro amongst others.
The Lagos International Premiere of ‘The Wedding Party’ holds at The Landmark Centre in November 2016.