Now in its sixth edition, the NollywoodWeek Paris Film Festival was created to showcase the best that Nollywood — the second biggest film industry in the world — has to offer, with the aim of attracting a wider audience and finding a more sustainable distribution method.
Set to run from May 3 to May 6 at the Harlequin Theatre in Paris, this year’s edition has chosen a pretty impressive and diverse list of Nollywood films — from 2017 hits like The Wedding Party 2 and Isoken to brand new films like The Delivery Boy and Kasala.
So, here are the 10 feature films that will be representing Nollywood at the festival:
Theo Ukpaa’s Lagos Landing is a romantic thriller that follows Jaqueline, an uptight middle-class Parisian woman who heads to Nigeria to meet Bayo, a man she connected with on a dating site. The story takes a twist when Jacqueline, upon arriving in Lagos, becomes a victim of mistaken identity.
Banana Island Ghost
B.B. Sasore’s Banana Island Ghost is a supernatural romantic comedy that follows a ghost’s quest to find his soulmate in three days before he’s forced to go to heaven. He is paired with Ijeoma, a cantankerous firecracker, and both of them must learn to work together to find what they’re searching for.
The Wedding Party 2
Niyi Akinmolayan’s The Wedding Party 2 follows Nonso who proposes to his girlfriend, Deidre, by accident. This sets off a chain of events too powerful to stop. Deirdre’s upper-class British family is against the pairing, as are some members of Nonso’s family.
Directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Potato Potahto follows a divorced couple (played by OC Ukeje and Joselyn Dumas) and the complications that ensue when they decide to still share equal space in their home after their split.
Daniel Oriahi’s Sylvia follows “Richard Okezie, a man who is loyal when it comes to love, which is good since Sylvia, his childhood friend and the woman of his dreams, takes loyalty seriously. The two have always been inseparable until the day Richard meets Gbemi, the ‘real’ love of his life.”
The Lost Café
Kenneth Gyang’s The Lost Cafe follows the story of a Nigerian girl’s struggle to overcome her dark family secrets and the culture shock of moving to a new county to live her dreams. While battling depression in Norway, she discovers a quaint coffee shop with a strange owner.
Ema Edosio’s Kasala! follows Tunji, a fast-talking teenager who borrows his Uncle’s car, and gets his friends — Chikodi, Effiong and Abraham — to join him on a joyride. Things turn sour when they crash the car and only have five hours to raise the funds to fix it.
Written, directed and produced by the talented Jade Osiberu, Isoken follows it’s titular character (played by Dakore Egbuson) as she navigates a love triangle and the pressure from her family to get married.
The Delivery Boy
Adekunle Adejuyigbe’s The Delivery Boy follows Amir, a young Nigerian terrorist who goes rogue right before his final mission — in a quest to resolve his heartbreak from a secret romantic affair. Along the way, he joins forces with an unlikely comrade leading to an unexpected ending.
Moses Inwang’s Alter Ego follows Ada Igwe (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde), a revered law attorney who has focused a substantial part of her career on seeking justice against sex offenders, even when the courtroom fails her.
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