Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:57 pm
Half of A Yellow Sun, the highly-anticipated adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be released in all Nigerian cinemas on Friday, 25 April.
This was announced recently by Shareman Media, the Nigerian producer, and FilmOne Distribution, the Nigerian distributor of the feature film.
Half of a Yellow Sun, which had its world premiere at the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada to great applause last year, was subsequently premiered in Europe at the BFI London Film Festival, London.
The film will be released in cinemas in Australia from 27 March, in the United Kingdom from 11 April, and in the United States in the early summer.
Set in the 1960s in Nigeria, the movie is an epic love story, weaving together the lives of four people caught up in the turbulence of the Nigerian civil war.
It was shot in the Tinapa Studios in Calabar and in various locations in Creek Town, and employed several hundreds of local residents. Directed by the Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, the movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, the BAFTA award winner and Oscar-nominated actor for 12 Years a Slave, and BAFTA Award-winning actor Thandie Newton.
It also has Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu, O. C. Ukeje, Zack Orji and Anika Noni Rose among the supporting cast.
The Nigerian premiere will be sponsored by Etisalat, the Wheatbaker Hotel and Arik Air.