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Half of a Yellow Sun
Biyi Bandele
Long | Nigeria | 2013
avec Genevieve Nnaji, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Wale Ojo, OC Ukeje





La vie de quatre personnes au moment du combat pour établir une République indépendante au Nigeria.

Un film de Biyi Bandele

Long métrage, 2013, Nigeria /Royaume-Uni, 1h46min Drame

avec Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Mawle, Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, John Boyega

Réalisateur : Biyi Bandele

Scénario par Biyi Bandele
adapté du roman de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Produit par Andrea Calderwood (Slate Films)

A drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria.

Nigeria / UK, 2013, Feature, 1hr46mins, Drama

Director: Biyi Bandele

starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Mawle

Country: Nigeria, UK

Year: 2013

Written and directed by Biyi Bandele

Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Cast: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Mawle, Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, John Boyega

Produced by Andrea Calderwood

Executive Producers: Yewande Sadiku, Muhtar Bakare, Gail Egan, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden

Cinematographer: John de Borman

Editor: Chris Gill

Production Designer: Andrew McAlpine

Music: Ben Onono, Paul Thomson

Running Time (minutes): 106

Celebrated playwright Biyi Bandele's directorial debut, an adaption of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel, chronicles the captivating journey of two women during the tumult of Nigeria's independence and ensuing Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970), a conflict prompted by the attempted secession of Nigeria's southeastern region and its formation into the short-lived Republic of Biafra. With the vast sweep of an epic, Half of a Yellow Sun tells the story of a generation through the prism of the sisters' thorny romantic destinies: Olanna (Thandie Newton) falls in love with Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor, also at the Festival in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave), a revolutionary who fathers a child by another woman, while Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) enters into a romance with a British writer (Joseph Mawle) who has come to Nigeria to teach.

Nigerian-born Bandele rose to prominence after his 1997 British stage version of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. His take on Half of a Yellow Sun, which streamlines and brings a charged cinematic energy to Adichie's sprawling text, is further evidence of his skill at literary adaptation. The novel's seamless translation to the screen is aided immeasurably by the film's cast: Ejiofor's bracingly charismatic turn as the intellectual militant; Onyeka Onwenu as his hardline mother; and Newton, whose subtle, knowing performance makes her the dramatic anchor in this tale of a country adrift in a sea of ethnic strife and male domination, yet longing for self-determination.

While its historical scope looks fifty years into the past, Half of a Yellow Sun is a chilling, lucid, and emotionally gripping drama from contemporary Nigerian cinema, and a film that honours the fearless intelligence and strength of the country's women.

RASHA SALTI (TIFF 2013, Toronto)

Genre: Drama
Country: Nigeria, UK

Director: Biyi Bandele
Countries: Nigeria / United Kingdom
Orig. Work Title Half of a Yellow Sun
Year: 2013
Language: English
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: 14A

Principal Cast: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose
Screenplay: Biyi Bandele
Source Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cinematographer: John de Borman
Editor: Chris Gill
Sound: Giancarlo Dellapina
Music: Ben Onono, Paul Thomson
Prod. Designer: Andrew McAlpine
Exec. Producer: Yewande Sadiku, Muhtar Bakare, Gail Egan, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden
Producer: Andrea Calderwood
Production Co.: Slate Films
Int. Sales Agent: Metro International Entertainment

Release Date [UK]: 14 May 2013 (Postponed)

For Half of a Yellow Sun movie news, get updates from:

2013 | 38th Toronto International Film Festival | TORONTO, Canada | September 5 to 15, 2013.
* Selection: Special Presentation
* World Premiere
* Screening: Sunday September 8 / Winter Garden Theatre / 4:30 PM
* Screening: Monday September 9 / Scotiabank 4 / 1:30 PM
* Screening: Saturday September 14 / Scotiabank 4 / 9:30 PM

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05/09/2013 > 15/09/2013
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film de Toronto (TIFF 2013)
38ème édition. Festival boasts 146 World Premieres and films from 70 countries



06/12/2013 > 14/12/2013
festival |Émirats arabes unis |
10th Dubai International Film Festival - DIFF 2013
10ème édition.



13/03/2014 > 20/03/2014
festival |États-Unis |
10th Annual New African Films Festival (NAFF 2014)
10ème édition.



07/05/2014 > 25/05/2014
festival |États-Unis |
New York African Film Festival (Nyaff) 2014
21ème édition. "Revolution and Liberation in the Digital Age".



15/05/2014 > 08/06/2014
festival |États-Unis |
Seattle International Film Festival - SIFF 2014
40ème édition.



05/06/2014 > 08/06/2014
festival |France |
NollywoodWeek Paris 2014
2ème édition du Festival du Cinéma Nigérian, à Paris.



17/07/2014 > 27/07/2014
festival |Afrique du Sud |
Festival international du Film de Durban (DIFF) 2014
35ème édition



21/08/2014 > 24/08/2014
festival |Suisse |
Festival cinémas d'Afrique - Lausanne 2014
9e édition



23/09/2014 > 28/09/2014
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film Black de Montréal - FIFBM 2014
10ème édition.



11/11/2014 > 16/11/2014
festival |Allemagne |
Afrikamera 2014
7ème édition



29/11/2014 > 06/12/2014
festival |Tunisie |
Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage - JCC 2014
25ème session. Film d'ouverture : "Timbuktu" d'Abderrahmane SISSAKO (Mauritanie).


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