Freshly Fried - November 23, 2018

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Welcome to your weekly dish of freshly fried news!  Here's our "Fryday" fry up:

Nollywood
AFRIFF Results
The 8th annual Africa International Film Festival came to a close last week and as usual this event showcased amazing talent from all over the world.  30 Nigerian films made the selection, but this year South Africa took the much-coveted award for Best Director, with "Sew the Winter to My Skin."

The AFRIFF Award for Best Nigerian Film went to "The Delivery Boy", directed by Adekunle (Nodash) Adejuyigbe, Stanlee Ohikhuare's "Coat of Harm" won Best Short Film and the Viewer's Choice Award went to Ema Edosio's "Kasala!"

Other sought after awards were Best Animation for "A Kalabanda Ate My Schoolwork" (Uganda),  Best Documentary for "Ramothopo the Centenarian" (South Africa), Best Feature Film for "Azali" (Ghana) and Best Student Short for "Imfura" (Rwanda).

The award-winning "Kasala!" will be in select cinemas across Nigeria from December 7 - check out the trailer and let us know what you think!


BB Sasore's New Movie Gets Release Date and Trailer
BB Sasore, the creator of "Before 3" and " Banana Island Ghost", has a new movie in the works which is a commentary on modern spirituality and how religion fits into contemporary life.

"God Calling" stars Zainab Balogun, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Karibi Fubara, Onyeka Onwenu and Tina Mba.  
When Sade experiences a personal tragedy, her faith in God affects everyone in her life and her world is transformed.  "God Calling" tells the tale  of what it would be like to live as a prophet today in modern-day Nigeria.  How would you deal with the scepticism of those around you and how would you contend with the modern trappings of today's society?

BB Sasore was inspired by the Bible - when trying to think of a story for a new film, he thought of "how the Bible is filled with the most original stories that we each experience in our own way every day."

"God Calling" will be in cinemas from December 21.


Eniola Ajao Wraps on Latest Project
With Eniola Ajao starring and Odunlade Adekola directing, "Yeye Alara" sure has people excited.  Not to mention the fact that Adekola is also the male lead!  The rest of the cast includes Jide Kosoko, Yinka Quadri and Bolaji Amusan.

Post production was recently completed on the project, with Ajao singing it's praises on social media.  
"Yeye Alara" follows the story of a strong woman who uses her power for good - to "rescue people from the clutches of oppressors", according to the official synopsis.  However, as perfect as she may seem on the outside, everyone has their dark side...

It's only just been completed, so there's no release for "Yeye Alara" yet, but we'll keep you up to date as always!

Hollywood
The Indie Spirit Awards Nominees Are In!
The Award Show season is well underway and one of the most interesting and unique - The Film Independent Spirit Awards has announced its nominees!   The 34th Spirit Awards will be held on February 23 2019, on the Santa Monica Pier as usual.  Aiming to shine a light on smaller movies, The Spirit Awards are always a showcase of unique talent from around the world.
Here's a list of some of the nominees, with a few trailers for your viewing pleasure:

BEST FEATURE
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here


BEST FIRST FEATURE
Hereditary
Sorry To Bother You
The Tale
We The Animals
Wildlife


BEST DIRECTOR
Debra Granik - Leave No Trace
Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk
Tamara Jenkins - Private Life
Lynne Ramsey - You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader - First Reformed


BEST SCREENPLAY
Richard Glatzer - Colette
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Tamara Jenkins - Private Life
Boots Riley - Sorry To Bother You
Paul Schrader - First Reformed

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Bo Burnham - Eighth Grade
Christina Choe - Nancy
Corey Finley - Thoroughbreds
Jennifer Fox - The Tale
Quinn Shephard - Blame


BEST FEMALE LEAD
Glenn Close - The Wife
Toni Collette - Hereditary
Elsie Fisher - Eighth Grade
Regina Hall - Support the Girls
Helena Howard - Madeline's Madeline
Carey Mulligan - Wildlife

BEST MALE LEAD
John Cho - Searching
Daveed Diggs - Blindspotting
Ethan HawkeFirst Reformed
Christian Malheiros - Socrates
Joaquin PhoenixYou Were Never Really Here

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding The Gap
Of Fathers And Sons
On Her Shoulders
Shirkers
Won't You Be My Neighbor?


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Burning
The Favourite
Happy As Lazzaro
Roma
Shoplifters

For more of the nominees, go to: Film Independent Spirit Awards. Have you seen any of these movies?  Are there any you think should have been nominated but aren't?  Let us know what you think in the comments!


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