Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Film that Stunned Toronto is Not "Half of a Yellow Sun"
Yes. Nigerian born British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is trending right now in conversations on actors tipped for the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday, February 24, 2014. But it is not for his captivating role as Odenigbo in the Biafran War film "Half of a Yellow Sun" adapted from the award winning novel of the same title by celebrated Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie.
Then for what?
For his more challenging and unforgettable role as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave", the 2013 historical drama film based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release.
Hollywood is not even comparing it to his role in "Half of a Yellow Sun" and that should worry the producers of the British/Nigerian movie, because "12 Years a Slave" has overshadowed their own movie and will definitely affect the performance at the box office where it matters most, in America and Canada. But fans of Ejiofor may go ahead to see the two films and that will be good news for producers of "Half of a Yellow Sun" who have not done much for the publicity of their film and till date, have not released any official poster for the most expensive Nigerian movie so far. I wish them luck in getting a major distributor if they want to benefit from the popular demand for Chiwetel Ejiofor at the box office.
In fact "12 Years of a Slave" also premiered at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival as "Half of a Yellow Sun" was the one that stunned Toronto and made headlines with rave reviews by top film critics at the film festival.
"12 Years A Slave is the must-see movie of the year, and should win all the Oscars."
~ Adam B. Vary, BuzzFeed's Senior Film Reporter..
"Suspend the betting, close the books, and notify the engraver: I've just seen what will surely be this year's Best Picture winner, and it's '12 Years a Slave.'
~ Kyle Buchanan, Vulture Movies Editor.
"If I never get to participate in a film again, this is it for me."
~ Brad Pitt, co-actor and co-producer of "12 Years a Slave" at the premiere in Toronto last Friday, September 6, 2013.
"12 Years a Slave" will be released next month on October 18 and as clearly confirmed, is definitely one of the must see movies of the year.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online, Nigerian Times, Kisses 'n' Roses, TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla and Founder of the annual Eko International Film Festival.