This is a first for the Nollywood movie industry!
A silent movie called A Hotel Called Memory which is set to to premiere globally in Lagos on Nov. 19, 2017.
Directed by Akin Omotoso, Produced by Ego Boyo and written by Branwen Okpako, A Hotel Called Memory which is Boyo’s first movie in 8 years – is a fresh take on African cinema, blazing the trail to redefining film making in the industry.
The film which features Nigerian and South African favorities Nse Ikpe- Etim, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Mmabatho Montsho, Nomzamo Mbatha and Abdi Hussein has already started bagging awards, winning – the audience award for best experimental film at the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia.
Interesting fact about the movie: At an intimate media briefing yesterday (Nov. 16, 2017) in Lagos, the movie’s director revealed that the film was shot with only natural light, absolutely no fancy movie lights or any of the frills that typically come with shooting a movie.
AHCM was set and shot on location in three African cities Cape Town, Lagos and Zanzibar.
The film follows Lola – played by Nse Ikpe-Etim – a woman recently separated from her husband, who decides to go on a journey of self rediscovery in Zanzibar and Cape Town, hoping to forget the past and move on with her life.
Speaking on why he chose to shoot the Nigerian movie industry’s first silent movie – Director, Akin Omotoso, best known for his films Man On Ground, Tell Me Sweet Something and the multi-award winning film Vaya, said
We sought to do something that had not been done before and we hope people can see and appreciate that when they see this film”.
Producer, Ego Boyo, an actor and film producer of acclaimed movies such as: Violated, Keeping Faith, To Live Again, 30 Days and best known for her role in Checkmate excitedly speaks about this experimental project saying,
Working on non-conventional and challenging projects always produces amazing results. The combination of the director, the actors and the production of this film has created cinema magic and we cannot wait for everyone to experience this.
On working on such a different role, lead actress Nse Ikpe-Etim said,
This truly was unlike anything I have worked on before, and brought out skills I didn’t know I had. It was an educative and rewarding experience
A Hotel Called Memory seeks to not only redefine the film industry in Nigeria, but to also challenge acting styles and push its stars to new depths.