Eyimofe

This Is My Desire
The two parts of Eyimofe are entitled "Spain" and “Italy”. The European countries remain invisible as we follow the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, in Lagos. A passport, photos and a visa form recurring, yet still marginal elements in each part of the film, which only touch briefly, while the daily lives of the protagonists are described in detail. Their misfortunes are not narrated in overly dramatic fashion and seem normal as such, sketching out the need to leave Nigeria and accompanying problems. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. Eyimofe speaks of these entanglements with emphatic patience, which grow ever tighter. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things and far away from them at the same time.
by Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri
with Jude Akuwudike, Adetomiwa Edun, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Toyin Oshinaike
Nigeria 2020 English,  Subtitles: English 116’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Jude Akuwudike (Mofe)
  • Adetomiwa Edun (Seyi)
  • Temi Ami-Williams (Rosa)
  • Cynthia Ebijie (Grace)
  • Toyin Oshinaike (Vincent)
  • Jacob Alexander (Peter)
  • Fortune Nwafor (Wisdom)
  • Chioma Omeruah (Mama Esther)
  • Bimbo Manuel (Clarence)
  • Sadiq Daba (Jakpor)

Crew

DirectorArie Esiri, Chuko Esiri
Written byChuko Esiri
CinematographyArseni Khachaturan
EditingAndrew Stephen Lee
MusicAkin Adebowale
Sound DesignRandy Matuszewski
SoundPius Fatoke
Production DesignTaisa Malouf
CostumesDaniel Obasi
Make-upFrancisca Otaigbe
CastingKemi Lala Akindoju
Assistant DirectorMonica Palmieri
Production ManagerJide Opoola Adewale
ProducersMelissa O. Adeyemo, Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri
Executive ProducersToke Alex Ibru, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Salman Zoueihed, Ifeoma Esiri, Kayode Akindele
Co-producerAdé Sultan Sangodoyin

Produced by

Ominira Studios

Scotch Plains, USA

+1 908 4562615

Kimiera Media

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

+234 908 5778297

GDN Productions

Lagos, Nigeria

+1 917 2882355

Arie Esiri

Born in Warri, Nigeria in 1985. He studied Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Esiri works as a producer and directs commercials. Eyimofe is his first feature film.

Filmography

2017 Goose; Shortfilm, co-directed by Chuko Esiri

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Chuko Esiri

Born in Warri, Nigeria in 1985. He has an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Eyimofe is his first feature film.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Goose; Shortfilm, co-directed by Arie Esiri 2018 Besida; 12 min., Shorts (Out of competition) 2018

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Dates

Feb 24 21:30

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