It is the 4th edition of Nollywood Week festival. The only festival dedicated to Nigerian cinema in Europe. It takes place from 2 to 5 June in Paris at the Cinéma l’Arlequin. Eight feature films will be screened including seven in competition. A glimpse of the teeming Nigerian film industry produces about 2,000 films a year. This year, the godmother is the Beninese Angelique Kidjo, showing of “The CEO” (CEO), a film by Kunle Afolayan.
It is no coincidence that the Beninese star Angelique Kidjo agreed to play its principal role of shooting with Kunle Afolayan, one of the young directors of the moment in Nigeria. Nigeria is a true exception in Africa. The film industry developed there at the speed of wildfire.
The diversity of the Nigerian cinema
The Nollywood Week festival aims to show the diversity of the Nigerian movie: psychological thrillers, thrillers, dramas or comedies of manners, all genres are represented. The current trend favours movies in pidgin, the Lagos slang. Nollywood has for some years been in search of authenticity, explains Serge Noukoué, executive director of the festival:
Be yourself to be universal
“This is completely new. This is even contrary to a trend of the past which rather consisted in trying to always speak in English, thinking that this would be universal. I think that there was really a reflection, an introspection where we realised the need to be yourself to be universal.”
This Week of Nigerian cinema in Paris will be an opportunity to discover a production of short films, just as abundant.
-By Olivier Rogez Published on 06-02-2016