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Half of a Yellow Sun premieres at opening night of TTFF
Tickets for the opening night gala of the 2013 T&T Film Festival (TTFF), which runs from September 17 to October 1, are now on sale, the TTFF has announced.
The gala takes place on September 17 from 6 pm at Queen’s Hall. It comprises a red carpet cocktail reception and the Caribbean premiere of the film Half of a Yellow Sun.
Based on the award-winning novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun is an epic drama set in that country in the late 60s. The story brings audiences into a land torn apart by civil war and shows how the interwoven lives of five central characters intersect during a struggle to establish the independent republic of Biafra.
Half of a Yellow Sun stars acclaimed British actors Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Olanna, the daughter of a wealthy family, and Odenigbo, her “revolutionary” lover, respectively. The film recently had its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, where it was well received.
In its review of the film, the magazine Screen Daily wrote: “The sheer scope of its story is absorbing and fans of the book will enjoy its vision of a tense and changing country rent asunder by tribal feuds. Nothing can be taken away from the intensity of the drama.”
Variety magazine praised the film’s performances, saying, “Newton is at the top of her game as Olanna” while “Ejiofor does his reliable best as the suave, articulate Odenigbo.”
Tickets for the gala are TT$150 and available from the Festival. Call 621-0709 to purchase.
Founded in 2006, the TTFF is an annual celebration of films from and about T&T, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, bpTT, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and the Ministry of Tourism. Guardian Media Ltd is the Festival’s official media partner.
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