Trailer – “The Figurine” (A “Quality” Nollywood Movie?)
It’s screened at the London African Film Festival (which MsWOO previewed on this blog previously) – a festival on its tail-end. And by some accounts, it’s a “”quality” Nollywood movie,” compared to most Nollywood movies which have a long-standing reputation (unfairly or not) for being of a lower grade – relative to Hollywood standards anyway, with regards to the technical and creative aspects of film production.
The film is called The Figurine (Araromire). Directed by Kunle Afolayan, it’s the story of two childhood friends whose lives change after finding a figurine (Araromire) in an abandoned shrine as recruits in the national service. The two go on from a life of hustling in Lagos to become successful businessmen.
According to ancient legend this mysterious figurine bestows seven years of good luck. However no one had told them about the next seven years. The bizarre occurrences that follow stretch their family lives and their friendship to the core. Revealing treachery and deception on all sides with outstanding and contrasting performances all round, especially from Ramsey Nouah who justifies the reputation as one of Nigerian top actors.
From the Africa Is Not A Country blog about the film:
Apparently, the film’s premiere was a star studded event with many familiar faces on the red carpet, including successful British actress, Ellen Thomas, along with rising playwright, Bola Agbeja – and several other British actresses, all of whom expressed their eagerness to appear in Nigerian movies.
Is that so?
Director Afolayan had the following advice for Nigerian filmmakers: “Be ready to take the bold step; learn more on the business aspect of filmmaking. A good product will always sell itself. If your product is good it stands the chance of making a return in a short while. But the first thing that cannot be compromised is the quality. As a filmmaker, I can only say this is just the beginning of better things to come from Nigeria…”
So, with all the above enthusiasm, the film must be good, right? I haven’t seen it, so I obviously can’t say. But if you have, please do share, because I’m dying to know more!
For now, here’s it’s trailer:
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