On Sunday 14, March “La Femme Anjola” the latest collaboration between director Mildred Okwo and Nollywood star Rita Dominic premiered at the Ebony Life place in Lagos at a glitzy covid restrictions compliant event.
Invited guests consisting of showbiz types, media operatives, political heavyweights and captains of industry including Mo Abudu CEO of EbonyLife, Kate Henshaw, Izu Ojukwu, Kenneth Gyang, Shan George and Senator Florence Ita Giwa were treated to an exclusive experience.
With anticipation for the neo-noir thriller already building to an all-time high, the final cut was screened to a stunned and appreciative audience who rewarded the cast and crew with waves of standing ovations.
“Brilliant, outstanding, impressive,” were only some of the superlatives used to describe this twisty tale of a young man Dejare (Nonso Bassey) who gets in over his head when he becomes entangled with a mysterious woman, the titular character played by Rita Dominic.
Shot in Lagos and South Africa, “La Femme Anjola” rewards viewers with an original pan-African twist on a familiar genre plus terrific performances from the cast, also including Ego Boyo, Shawn Faqua and Chris Iheuwa.
“My biggest thing is about the believability of the actors in my films. I focus a lot on directing actors because once the audience believes them, then your job is a tad bit easier,” Says director Mildred Okwo.
The movie also features gorgeous cinematography from Jonathan Kovel, stunning production design by Kelechi Odu and the vision of an ambitious director looking to shift the needle.
“La Femme Anjola” opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, March 19 and will be available on-demand outside Nigeria in select locations.