Half of A Yellow Sun is set to be released in London Cinemas from the 11th of April 2014. The adapted movie from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie second novel had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and later in London at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2013. The movie will be first released in Australia on the 27th of Marh for some reason.
This is an award winning amazing film not only for Nigerians but also for Africans in general. “HALF OF A YELLOW SUN” is an epic love story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. The story is based on best selling novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and from the producers of The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) and is directed by Biyi Bandele.
Half of a Yellow Sun will premiere in Nigeria this April, date not confirmed yet while the release in cinemas will be from Friday the 25th of April 2014. Nigerians online argued that the movie should have been premiered and released in Nigeria before other countries.
Genevieve Nnaji and Tandie Newton
Biyi Bandele (Writer/Director of the movie)
When civil war breaks out in Nigeria in the late 1960s, political lines are drawn and families are forced to scatter. Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and Olanna (Newton) find themselves in the middle of an escalating conflict that drives them from their university-town home and threatens Olanna’s relationship with her sister, Kainene (Anika Noni Rose).
As the war escalates, and the situation in the newly established Biafra becomes increasingly hopeless, Odenigbo, Olanna and their family struggle in the face of hardships of every kind yet still find a way to survive.
Woven around the relationship between twin sisters, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is a very human story set against the backdrop of displacement, blockades, refugee camps and national ruin. In the face of devastation and loss, this is a story of resilience and hope told with a warmth and jaunty vibrancy that depicts life and its shifting fortunes in a deeply personal and intimate portrayal.
If you leave in London or in the UK precisely, don’t fail to go see the movie. Other wise, you can still catch it in Nigeria from the 25th of April.
Written by: Noellin Imoh