Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Ava DuVernay Won Ava DuVernay Won Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! Here's One Reason Why Eddie Murphy's 'SNL' Appearance Was So Awkwardly Brief... Here's One Reason Why Eddie Murphy's 'SNL' Appearance Was So Awkwardly Brief... Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Jill Marie Jones Scores Female Lead Role in Starz Original Series Based on 'Evil Dead' Film Franchise Jill Marie Jones Scores Female Lead Role in Starz Original Series Based on 'Evil Dead' Film Franchise Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN Former 'Living Single' Castmates, Erika Alexander and Kim Coles, Launch New Web Series 'The BFF Chronicles' Former 'Living Single' Castmates, Erika Alexander and Kim Coles, Launch New Web Series 'The BFF Chronicles' Here's One Reason Why 'Selma' Probably Won't Win the Best Picture Oscar... Here's One Reason Why 'Selma' Probably Won't Win the Best Picture Oscar... What Critics Are Saying About 'The Book of Negroes' Miniseries, Which Premieres Tonight on BET What Critics Are Saying About 'The Book of Negroes' Miniseries, Which Premieres Tonight on BET Growing Resentment Of Oscar Campaigns Recalls Mo'Nique's Controversial 'Precious' Choice Growing Resentment Of Oscar Campaigns Recalls Mo'Nique's Controversial 'Precious' Choice Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed...

Film Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Will Open Africa International Film Festival

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 22, 2013 at 10:46AM

I was able to confirm directly with the festival programmer/curator Keith Shiri, that long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, will be the opening night film at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar, Cross River State (Nigeria), in November.
1
Still from 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'
Still from 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

I was able to confirm directly with the festival programmer/curator Keith Shiri, that long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, will be the opening night film at the Africa International Film Festival  (AFRIFF) in Calabar, Cross River State (Nigeria), in November.

AFRIFF runs from November 10th to 17th.

This is playwright Biyi Bandele's feature film directorial debut, with a cast that includes Thandie Newton, John BoyegaChiwetel EjioforAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji

Described as an epic love story, here's the official synopsis released by the film's producers which tells us what role each starring actor will play:

... weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the ‚Äúrevolutionary professor‚ÄĚ Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world. 

The crew includes award-winning cinematographer John de Borman (An EducationThe Full Monty), production designer Andrew McAlpine (BAFTA winner for The Piano), and award-winning Nigerian songwriter Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones who are composing original music for the film.

Half Of A Yellow Sun is a film we've been looking forward to all year, wondering when and where it would eventually debut, after one high profile film festival after the next, came and went, but no Half Of A Yellow Sun sightings. 

So now we look to November.

No trailer yet; the only footage we've seen thus far is within the below interview with Adichie, which starts at around the 35 second mark, if you want to skip right to it. It's only about 40 seconds long, so consider it a tease while we wait for the first trailer to surface, which I suspect will be sooner than later.

The scene features characters played by Ejiofor and Newton.

Watch:

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


Shadow & ActNewsletter