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Femi Odugbemi’s “Gidi Blues” Attracting International Festival Attention

BY ESE DIBEBI

Weeks after the premiere of Femi Odugbemi‘s Gidi Blues, the movie seems to be attracting interest from festivals across the continent, with requests to screen the film.

Currently, Odugbemi is among the curating panel of the Pan-African Representation for Golden Tree International FilmFest in Frankfurt, Germany, and is excepted to jet to Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday, August 18 through 22, for a meeting of the jury. Aside from particularly proposing documentaries from Africa and Diaspora, Odugbemi will also join other panellists to select a total of 40 films representing Africa and its Diasporas, which will feature at the film fest in Germany.

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In Accra, Ghana, Gidi Blues has been selected as closing film for the Black Star International Film Festival, Ghana. Meanwhile, Odugbemi has been returned as the Chief Jury for this year’s Ugandan Film Festival, making it the third time in a row.

 “It’s a huge honour signifying a major acknowledgement of the quality of Nigerian cinema and the respect with which we are viewed across Africa,” he noted.

At the festival, which opens on August 22, 2016, in Kampala, Uganda, Odugbemi’s Gidi Blues will also screen as the opening film for the festival organised by the Uganda Communications Commission.

“It makes for a busy month of international engagements for me this month. I feel proud as a Nigerian filmmaker because, these international recognitions say something positive about our industry, and it is a confirmation that we are on the right path and that we bring a positive value to the world of cinema both in Africa and the world,” Odugbemi hinted.

Shot in iconic places in Lagos such as Idumota and Makoko, with special focus on the popular Makoko floating school, Gidi Blues centres on Akin (Gideon Okeke), an indulged playboy from an affluent family, who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place. Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city’s worst slum. Their encounter drags Akin into a whirlwind experience that unravels his world.

Produced and directed by Odugbemi, the movie stars Gideon Okeke, Hauwa Allahbura, Lepacious Bose, Daniel Lloyd, Nancy Isime, Bukky Wright, Tina Mba, Segun Obadare-Akpata, Toyin Oshinaike, William Ekpo, with cameo appearances by Banky W, Aduke and Jahman Anikulapo.

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