Last Flight to Abuja
Director Obi Emelonye scheduled to attend | June 8 & June 9
An ill-fated flight provides the setting for this suspenseful multi-character pot-boiler filled with romance, blackmail, and murder in Obi Emelonye's Nollywood box-office smash.
|June 8, 2013||5:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 9, 2013||12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Nollywood's ultra low-budget, stylized action, and pulpy stories, have seen a prolific audience cultivated by DVDs sold on Nigerian streets. While local audiences delight in these films, few attain a level of quality that enables a wider audience. By amassing larger budgets and crafting deeper storylines, a new wave of filmmakers (including Abuja director and screenwriter, Obi Emelonye) aim to bring Nollywood cinema to international attention. Emelonye has developed his second feature with an eye toward current Nigerian events within the airline industry. Opening in the midst of the titular flight's technical problems, the script plays liberally with the film's timeline by slowly unveiling the stories that brought these passengers to this ill-fated flight. Suspense is created through the interactions of a hot shot pilot, a spurned lover, a football star, an executive committee from a Lagos business, and a suspected murderer. A box office smash in Nigeria, Last Flight to Abuja marks Emelonye as a rising star of contemporary African cinema.
Obi Emelonye is a former football player and lawyer from Nigeria with a long and full history of working with film. Working as a self-taught writer, director, and producer Emelonye has made five feature length digital films produced by his company The Nollywood Factory. Last Flight to Abuja, playing at SIFF, has been described as his most daring project yet as he continues to make films with a quintessential African cinematic voice.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, UW African Studies
|Principal Cast:||Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jim Iyke, Anthony Monjaro, Ali Nuhu|
|Premiere Status:||North America|
|Running Time:||78 minutes|
|Producer:||Obi Emelonye, Charles Thompson|
|Cinematographers:||James M. Costello|
|Awards:||Nollywood Ireland Film Festival 2012 (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress)|
|Filmography:||The Mirror Boy (2011); Echoes of War (2004)|