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"Divided By War. United By Love" - First Release Poster For 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 12, 2014 at 10:54AM

"Divided By War. United By Love" - First Release Poster For 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'
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Half Of A Yellow Sun

As you'd probably expect for a film like this, international sales have been brisk, as the sales company representing the film, Metro International Entertainment, previously sold UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand rights to Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun - a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name.

It took a little while, for a US company to pick up the film for Stateside release. That happened just last month, when Monterey Media (a company I'm unfamiliar with) picked up USA distribution rights to Half Of A Yellow Sun, in a deal that was negotiated by Metro International’s Natalie Brenner and Monterey Media’s Scott Mansfield

Monterey is eyeing an early summer theatrical release for the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, to mixed reviews (read Zeba's critique HERE).

So it finally found a USA home. Although I'm very curious to learn what other USA distributors were chasing the film, as reported last November, and what tipped the scales in Monterey's favor.

I did some research on the company to learn that its library isn't full of films that most of you would be familiar with - maybe it's most recognizable recent work is the drama Between Us, which was featured on this site last year. It stars Taye DiggsJulia Stiles, Melissa George and David Harbour, in an adaptation of a 2004 Off-Broadway play written by Joe Hortua, and directed by Dan Mirvish. 

They also released another Chiwetel Ejiofor film - End Game, the 2009 South Africa-set political thriller in which Ejiofor played Thabo MbekiWilliam Hurt co-starred.

The long-awaited, much-anticipated Half Of A Yellow Sun is now in their care; now we wait and see how the film's release is handled. If anything, an Oscar win for Chiwetel (for 12 Years A Slave) would certainly boost interested in the film. But that's a big "if."

Biyi Bandele's feature film directorial debut, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John BoyegaAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960s Nigeria as the backdrop.

Produced by Bafta award-winner Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Ega (The Constant Gardner), the film is a British/Nigerian co-production and was shot at Tinapa Film Studio in Nigeria and in the UK.

I'd expect Monterey Media to cut and release a new trailer for the film eventually. In the meantime, here's a first release poster:

This article is related to: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, John Boyega, Genevieve Nnaji, Biyi Bandele


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