NEW ALBUM “TIMELESS’ BY AUSTRALIAN BASED  SINGER ‘CHRIS RUFUS’
BROADCAST CONTENT ACROSS BORDERS
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINEES: UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS OCTOBER 22,2021
CANON/EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 FILM INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
CANNES 2022 COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

MANY YIKES OVER RITA DOMINIC’S MARRIAGE

SUPER ACTRESS RITA DOMINIC

Funny how Manchelors are slandering Dominic for getting married at the age of 46. Rita got married and her husband is satisfied. Why are you interested in Her age ? Is it Because she got married at the age you bachelors shame women for being single . Many of you weaponized menopause as a tool to rush women into regrettable marriage. Haven’t you seen older women get married after one trial, while their younger counterparts keep trying for decades  Abeg make una free Dominic, na marry she marry she no kill person.

RITA AND HUSBAND FIDELIS ANOSIKE

Congratulations Mrs Rita Anosike once again, wishing you marital bliss and endless possibilities as you begin a new chapter of your Life.

By Peace Nwadire

SUPER ACTRESS NENGI ADOKI STARS IN THE MOVIE ‘CHATROOM’

Super Actress Nengi Adoki

Who is Nengi Adoki? She played the lead role in the current trending Movie “CHATROOM.”

An actress is responsible for translating a writer’s ideas into a full-blown character with a unique set of gestures, accent, body language, movement and even trademark dialogues.  During the world premiere of the movie CHATROOM on Easter Sunday April 17, 2022 at the WheatBaker hotel in Ikoyi, the teaming audience was so impressed at the way Nengi successfully conveyed the feelings of her role and beautifully blended into the character of Ebiere.

The movie is currently being shown on  afrocinema.tv.

See link to sign in https://afrocinema.tv/movies/chatroom

Nengi Adoki

NENGI BIO

Nengi Adoki (The Nengers) is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-trained Actress, Writer and Producer and one of Nigeria’s current leading actresses in the Theatrical,Web, TV and Film space. While at the University of Toronto, Nengi created and directed and choreographed the popular Afrocentric stage show called “Sync Afrique” which ultimately became a culturally recognised event in the city of Mississauga. Since moving back to Nigeria, Nengi made history as the lead actress in Nigeria’s first exported musical theatre piece to the West End in London, England as “Kike Johnson” in “Wakaa The Musical” performing 52 shows overall. She has played other supporting roles on the Nigerian stage such “Heartbeat The Musical” and “No more Lies”. On the Web, Nengi has featured on RED TV’S hit shows “The Men’s Club” and “Inspector K” as well as Bovi’s “Back to School” on Youtube. On TV she’s played supporting roles on Africa Magic’s 260 Episode series’ ‘Enakhe’, ‘Forbidden’ and ‘Hustle’. She is presently the creator, writer and lead actress of her show, “The Most Toasted Girl”, the first crowd-funded web series in Nigeria currently available on Youtube.

Chatroom Synopsis

A young girl enters a TV reality show contest as a means to escape the haunting ghost of her past and her present deprivation. However, an incident in the house forces her to go back to the past she had tried to forget and further reveal a disturbing secret that would throw the entire nation into shock. The hilarious experiences in the house turn the table in an unexpected way bound to keep audiences in stitches and at the edges of their chairs at the same time.

UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS 2ND EDITION FILM SUBMISSION IS STILL OPEN

Universal Movie Awards second edition entry is still going with submissions streaming from all over the world. See link to submit your film  – https://filmfreeway.com/UNIVERSALMOVIEAWARDS

Below are list of countries we have already received films for the second edition of the award event slated to hold in November 26,2022.

United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, Russian Federation, India, Ukraine, Uganda, Turkey, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Portugal, Poland, Namibia, Kenya, Italy, Guadeloupe, Ghana, Germany, France, Ethiopia, China, Belarus, Austria, Australia

THE MOVIE CHATROOM by CHIKE IBEKWE

Many years ago, I heard this unsettling, heart rending story about a young girl preparing for her university education.

Brilliant. Beautiful.

She was violated; sexually abused by her own relation. That led to different other unfortunate incidents that caused her self-esteem, her future, her dreams, her essence, and sadly put an end to her education.

She ended up an attendant in a local bar and became an object of sexual pleasure to some of the customers who easily lured her.

Some thought she was loose, treated her as a prostitute. Indeed she had become loose. She was lost! Lost to what it meant to be a girl, lost to the virtue and pride that comes with being a woman. She was lost. Damaged and reduced to an object of ridicule.

But behind that pseudo veil of warmth and smile she put on her face in order to serve the bar costumers and earn her wage, was that distraught, pained, hopeless, morbid emptiness, and even suicidal burden that taunted her.

Her story haunted me for days. It felt like the pain of razor cuts all over my body. It left a certain sour taste in my mouth each time I thought of her story. The fact that there was no happy ending at the time made it the more excruciating.

The writer in me revolted.

I felt the strong urge to retell the story, to bring it to the front burner, to give it a happy ending and more importantly to give her a voice.

Though I never got to meet her, I strongly desired to change the ending of the ugly narrative (at least in my mind) from one that was a victim to one that found her voice, got back control, regained her self-esteem, spoke her truth and rose from the ashes of shame and ridicule to the place of power and inspiration, a happy ending not only for her, but for every person; especially every girl or woman who has been a victim of abuse.

So I wrote a story inspired by her. I wrote the screenplay and titled it CHATROOM. www.chatroomthemovie.com was made into a movie.

We had an exclusive screening at the request and at the residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner in commemoration of International Women’s Day andd now, I am delighted to have you all see it.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day , I want you – every woman – to know that you are special, you are powerful and you matter.

CHATROOM is live on afrocinema.tv and can be watched from anywhere in the world from April 15, 2022.

CHIKE IBEKWE Film Producer / Director

CHATROOM features award winning stars; Omawumi Megbele, Nengi Adoki, Odunlade Adekola, Tony Umez, Ibrahim Suleiman, Sambasa Nzeribe, Rykardo Agbor, Vivian Anani, Damilare Kuku, Joshua Ojo, ace comedian Akpororo with cameo appearances by Victor Okhai and veteran TV host and broadcaster Adesuwa Onyenokwe.

Welcome to the CHATROOM!

CANON / EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WORKSHOP ON FILM INDUSTRY

WORKSHOP TITLE

DAY 1: Cinematography with Canon Technology

DAY 2: Canon Cinema Solution & Workflow

The Canon/Ekoiff film industry workshop will hold during the festival event.

The focus of the workshop is on Canon Camera products e.g.  EOS C500MKll, EOS C300MK3,  EOS  C70 and Cinema Prime Lenses and also how to operate   them to achieve best picture and sound qualities in tune with recent online platforms and cinemas. Discount available on any camera and lenses buy.

The workshop is strictly for Cinematographers, Directors and Producers.

Date:  9th & 10th March 2022

Time: 10.30am prompt.

Venue:  Silverbird Cinemas  133 Ahmadu Bello Way Lagos

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EUROPEAN FILM MARKET, RETROSPEKTIVE, BERLINALE CLASSICS

The EFM is expecting buzzing business not only at its main location, the impressive Gropius Bau, as the industry returns to Berlin © EFM / Juliane Eirich

European Film Market 2022: Exhibition Spaces in the Gropius Bau and in the Marriott Hotel Largely Booked Out / Under the title SHAPING CHANGE “EFM Industry Sessions” Call on the Film and Media Industry to Jointly Shape the Future

The EFM will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto “It all (re)starts here”. The “EFM Industry Sessions” will discuss the three core themes Future, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainable Development in the four programme strands “Producers”, “Distribution”, “Documentary” and “Series.

For more information : https://www.berlinale.de/en/press/press-releases/detail_111950.html

HOMAGE AND HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR FOR ISABELLE HUPPERT AT THE 2022 BERLINALE

ISABELLE HUPPERT

The Homage section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to French film and stage actor Isabelle Huppert, who will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. In conjunction with the Award Ceremony on February 15, 2022 at the Berlinale Palast, the festival will screen as Berlinale Special Gala À propos de Joan (About Joan, dir: Laurent Larivière). Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world, and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions.

Isabelle Huppert has been closely linked with the film festival for many years and starred in seven Competition films to date. She was first a guest in Berlin with La vengeance d’une femme (A Woman’s Revenge, dir: Jacques Doillon). Director François Ozon cast her in his dark musical comedy 8 Femmes (8 Women) as an unprepossessing woman who emerges in the end as a confident beauty. The ensemble cast was awarded a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic accomplishment. In L’Avenir (Things to Come), she also plays a woman re-discovering her freedom as a philosophy teacher in a failing marriage. Director Mia Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear as Best Director for the film.

“We are proud to welcome Isabelle Huppert back to the festival,” say Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, “the Honorary Golden Bear may seem like a natural progression in a career without equal, since Isabelle Huppert is one of the few artists recognised with acting awards at all major film festivals. But Isabelle Huppert is more than a celebrated actor — she is an uncompromising artist who doesn’t hesitate to take risks and flout mainstream trends. Awarding her our most prestigious prize is to accentuate cinema as an art form, independent and unconditional. We often see actors as tools in the hands of filmmakers, but Isabelle Huppert is a clear example that the dynamic can be a true exchange. Actors can be the true engine of creating not only emotions, but also concepts of cinema.”

Isabelle Huppert began studying acting at the age of 14, and later attended the Conservatoire nationale supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris. She began her career on stage  and made her screen debut with Faustine et le bel été (Faustine and the Beautiful Summer, dir: Nina Companeez). Huppert’s first appearance in an international production was in the film Rosebud (dir: Otto Preminger). Two years later, her starring performance as the shy young woman Béatrice in Claude Goretta’s La Dentellière (The Lacemaker) won her the BAFTA as Most Promising Newcomer.

Huppert early on came to the attention of a  host of top filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Bertrand Tavernier. Her first turn for Godard was as the star of his Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself).  Other world-renowned directors soon seized on Huppert’s diverse acting talents, including Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Patrice Chéreau, Claire Denis, Andrzej Wajda, and Joachim Trier, as well as American filmmakers such as Curtis Hanson, Hal Hartley, Ira Sachs, and David O. Russell. Italian filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani gave her the lead in their film Le affinità elettive (Elective Affinities) and she was part of the ensemble in Marco Bellocchio’s Bella Addormentata (Dormant Beauty).

French acclaimed director Claude Chabrol cast Isabelle Huppert in a total of seven films, with each character as mutable and complex as the next,  beginning with the title role in Violette Nozière. That garnered her her first Palme D’Or for Best Actress at the Cannes film festival. Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire played a pair of homicidal friends in the director’s La Cérémonie, a role that won her a César. Huppert’s final collaboration with Chabrol was her complex portrayal of a powerful judge in L’ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power), which premiered in Competition at the Berlinale. 

The actors film career has also been shaped by her work with Austrian director Michael Haneke, with whom she has made four movies.  Her outstanding lead performance in his controversial 2001 drama La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher) brought her accolades as Best Actress in Cannes and at the European Film

Awards, among others. Beginning with her appearance in Brillante Mendoza’s Captive, shown in Competition in Berlin, Huppert has increasingly worked with Asian directors. That same year, she was in Hong Sang-soo’s Da-reun na-ra-e-seo (In Another Country), playing three different women who all have the same name.

Huppert has also made successful films with other German-language directors and actors. She appeared alongside Hanna Schygulla in Storia di Piera (The Story of Piera) directed by Marco Ferreri. And she took on the lead as the nameless writer who increasingly loses touch with reality in the film adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina (dir: Werner Schroeter), winning the German Film Prize. She was top-billed in Swiss director Ursula Meier’s Home.

Isabelle Huppert has been nominated for the French film prize César more than any other actress in France, and has twice won one.  Her virtuoso acting style has also brought her two Palmes D’Or at Cannes. She has appeared in more than 20 films shown in competition there — yet another record. She won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her work in the thriller Elle (dir: Paul Verhoeven). That role as a successful businesswoman who takes revenge on her rapist also resulted in her first Academy Award nomination.

In addition to her successful onscreen career, Isabelle Huppert also continues working on stage and has been awarded the Europe Theater Prize, among others. After premiering the French version of Orlando, she took to the stage under Robert Wilson’s direction once again as the glacial marchioness Merteuil in Heiner Müller’s Quartett. She was equally brilliant in Sarah Kane’s play 4.48 Psychosis staged by Claude Régy. A guest performance of that play in Berlin marked the first time that Huppert appeared on a German stage, entrancing audiences with her intense portrayal.

The French-German-Irish co-production À propos de Joan (About Joan) directed by Laurent Larivière, which stars Huppert alongside Lars Eidinger, will be released in Germany in 2022.

The Homage films:

La Dentellière (The Lacemaker), France / FRG / Switzerland, 1977, Claude Goretta

Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself), France / Switzerland / FRG / Austria, 1980, Jean-Luc Godard

La Cérémonie, France / Germany, 1995, Claude Chabrol

La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher), France / Austria / Germany, 2001, Michael Haneke

8 Femmes (8 Women), France / Italy, 2002, François Ozon

L’Avenir (Things to Come), France / Germany, 2016, Mia Hansen-Løve

Elle, France / Germany / Belgium, 2016, Paul Verhoeven

The Homage is mounted under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek.