Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart is, unarguably, one of the Nollywood movies that had the most buzz this year. Lionheart tells the story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues.
Here are five reasons we think you should see Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart.
Lionheart Is Nollywood’s First Netflix Original Movie
In July of 2018, Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart bagged a landmark retroactive acquisition contract with streaming giant, Netflix. The deal was, at that time, and up until now, a first of it’s kind for any Nollywood movie. We are curious to find out why Netflix deemed Lionheart a worthy acquisition. And we think you should be curious too.
It Is Genevieve Nnaji’s Directorial Debut
One of the many reasons to see Genevieve’s Lionheart is because it’s the veteran actresses’ directorial debut. Following an impressive acting career spanning about 30 years, Genevieve finally decided to take the directors seat. And, yes, we are eager to see how well Genevieve put all that wealth of knowledge to use.
It Features A Number Of Veteran Performers
…Faces like Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Pete “The Sage” Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya), Pete “The Great” Edochie. These renowned faces, you’ll agree with me, are not our everyday Nollywood faces and we relish every chance to see them. Beyond, their actual performances, these faces arouse a sense of nostalgia in us, and we are here for that.
Lionheart Made The Toronto International Film Festival 2018 Cut.
In the year 2016, prestigious international film festival, Toronto International Film Festival, opened its door to Nollywood. Omoni Oboli’s Okafor’s Law, Ebonylife Films’ The Wedding Party, Izu Ojukwu’s 76 and five other Nollywood movies made the 2016 cut. Subsequently, the slots opened to Nollywood was reduced to one. Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart got the 2018 spot and we are excited to see the movie that represented us at the prestigious festival.
Surprise Cinema Release Date
Following Beyonce’s surprise release of her 2013 album, Beyonce, surprise releases became a thing in the music industry. This surprise release strategy, however, is one filmmakers haven’t really favored. Characteristically, filmmakers afford themselves ample time to create awareness, releasing promotional materials and investing in marketing. However, with Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart, we got something really close to a surprise release. Contrary to the norm, Lionheart’s release date wasn’t announced until barely a week to its billed opening. Power moves, eh!