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Abeni: Kelani’s Synergy With Dove Media

Discussion in 'Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa Movies' started by bolanle, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. bolanle

    bolanle Guest

    Ace cinematographer, Tunde Kelani’s new movie, Abeni, marks another phase of collaboration with Nigeria’s foremost distribution and marketing outfit, Dove Media. Abeni, is an interesting love story crossing many borders and its theme-love- according to the Chief Executive Officer of Dove Media, Ope Banwo, is similar to the central idea of Christianity.

    “On the face of it, it’s not a regular love story. It represents and goes to the central idea of Christianity, which is love. In our first few releases, the central idea of love was overwhelming and Tunde Kelani’s Abeni fits in.”

    Prior to the emergence of Dove Media, Kelani and other concerned practitioners in the industry have cried their voices hoarse over the impediments of distribution and marketing. However, according to Kelani during a press preview of Abeni, “a bold and fresh attempt at addressing the problems posed by the perennial distribution bottleneck in the Nigerian motion picture industry. For me as a filmmaker and for Mainframe as a production company, this indeed is new era.”

    Abeni, produced by Mainframe and Abdel Hakim Hamzat’s Laha Productions (Republic of Benin) Kelani disclosed, would meet ardent movie fans at every level. At the cultural level, the film explores yet another old and ever-present phenomenon: the cohabitation of poverty and wealth…. The story of Abeni brings us back into confrontation once again with this undeniable reality of our lives. At yet another cultural level, the production process of Abeni intentionally confronted the important African reality of colonisation. By mixing actors from across the Anglophone and Francophone divides of the Yoruba world, the interpretation and delivery of the dialogues present yet another interesting look at the stylistic influences of French and English colonisation on the Yoruba language while the Nigerian Yoruba actors spoke the language with the usual infusions of English words and nuances; the French sensibilities of the Beninoise actors could not be missed either. This mixture of two derivatives of the Yoruba cultuire brings yet another exciting twist to an already interesting story.”

    http://www.independentng.com/saturday/lsmar110604.htm
  2. Oyinkan

    Oyinkan Master Group

    gosh i seriously can not wait to see dis mvie

    I've been so longing to see a mainframe movie for a long time and i've been so interestred in seeing the yoruba world in different contries, i'm so exited dat mainframe has finally done it.I just can't wait to see the movie.
    By mixing actors from across the Anglophone and Francophone divides of the Yoruba world, the interpretation and delivery of the dialogues present yet another interesting look at the stylistic influences of French and English colonisation on the Yoruba language while the Nigerian Yoruba actors spoke the language with the usual infusions of English words and nuances; the French sensibilities of the Beninoise actors could not be missed either. This mixture of two derivatives of the Yoruba cultuire brings yet another exciting twist to an already interesting story.”

    Abeni parades new but promising Sola Asedeko and Amzat Abdel Hakim, Jide Kosoko, Kareem Adepoju, Buki Wright, Idowu Phillips, Ayo Badmus among others.
  3. vince

    vince NR Patrons

    Another exciting Mainframe flick to look forward to.Thank God for TK,and thank God for Dove Media.A new era in financing/production/distribution has really and truly emerged.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!
  4. zenke

    zenke New Member

    yaro mai amfani

    Lets just pray it stays:spiny:
  5. khafilat

    khafilat First Lady

    I have never underestimated TK,he always bring out the best in movies.keep it on TK, it cant be better than that.
  6. bolanle

    bolanle Guest

    Abeni... new deal for new era from Kelani

    FOR Tunde Kelani, prolific filmmaker, humility and simple disposition have become way of life. TK (as he is fondly called by fans and colleagues in motion picture business) is never under any pressure as he discussed what he cherished most, film and television production, with a two-man team of French nationals when The Guardian arrived his Mainframe Film and Television Productions outfit on 16, Seinde Callisto Crescent, Oshodi, Lagos.

    But what is in the offing for TK fans after Abeni, his latest work " There is going to be a sequel to Abeni. Like it is my tradition, when I do a continuation of a story, it's going to be a complete story on its own. An example was Saworoide and Agogo eewo. The latter was a sequel to the former. But both are complete package. It is debatable which one is better off."

    He is however confident that Akanni, a sequel to his latest work Abeni would be better. Akanni, he said, is Beninoise son of a gateman. While Abeni is a daughter of a wealthy Nigerian man. They both liked themselves right from when they were children and it continued till when they were much older. But Abeni's father being a socialite would not want his daughter to have anything to do with Akanni, whose parents are not wealthy. But love had its way, and at the end, Abeni and Akanni escaped into Cotonou, Benin Republic so as to be able to realise their dream of getting married to each other.

    Though a sequel to Abeni, TK said the story of Akanni is now going to be told from the boy's perspective, with the story line ending in Cotonou, Benin Republic. The producer of Thunderbolt is not in a hurry to change the cast of Abeni when Akanni would be shot because, "I would like to still work with the present talented cast that I have, because some of them are still very fresh and have not picked up. I am confident that they would get better with time. I would therefore still want to explore them a beat more".

    To many people, the themes of most films by TK are love related. But the producer of Saworoide thinks otherwise. "I am not an expert on love stories. It is very difficult to really pin my films to a particular genre. Admittedly, we had done something in Oleku, written by Professor Ishola, but since then, we have turned in all sorts of directions."

    According to him while in Thunderbolt, the myth and reality of Magun was the focus, Saworoide veers off completely into socio-political issues, while Campus Queen focuses on cultural differences between people of different cultures and its attendant problems.
  7. vince

    vince NR Patrons

    Abeni released?

    Is the ABENi flick already on the market?Anyone seen it?
  8. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point


    its being premiered by dovemedia on sunday march 26,2006.i guess after then it will hit the streets.:460:
  9. moviewizard

    moviewizard Film Pros

    Its not yet released.The release date is 31st of march and am looking forward to it greatly.Another movie to be released on dat same day is 'Before Sunrise and Convenant Church all marketed by Dove Media.
  10. Flawless

    Flawless Daughter of Zion

    Am about to watch this film
    Will give verdit tommorrow!
  11. Oyinkan

    Oyinkan Master Group

    pls pls pls dogrinning:
  12. Flawless

    Flawless Daughter of Zion

    Here is my verdit
    The film is kind of cool but not a waooo! factor.The camera work and everythin is good but I tink the lighting is kind of poor cos some of the scene are kind of dark apart from the lighting the film actually desrve a tumb up cos it is a a collaboration with actors from a neighbouring country Cotonu.
    The synopsis: The story is about two families Jide Kosoko, Bukky wright are the parents of a new cast don't knw her name but her screen name is Abeni and she was in love with the Gate keeper's son right from a very young age of (apprx 10.) The family of the son are new cast and they are from Cotonu. Anyway you need to find what happen to the two love birds .
    The BUT is that it has two parts.
    Anyway jst watch out for the part 2!!!
  13. Joi

    Joi Code Cracker

    Thanks, you just saved me $7.99.stretch:

  14. Oyinkan

    Oyinkan Master Group

    you are kiddin me right joi
    you didnt buy the movie
    I dont care what no one says yet
    I still gotta see dis movie
  15. bigmomma

    bigmomma NR Patrons

    abi o @ Joi. r there any things to make you want to watch the movie though
  16. Pretty Girl

    Pretty Girl Master Group

    As long as it's a Tunde Kelani's movie, I won't mind taking the risk to still get it.
  17. Oyinkan

    Oyinkan Master Group

    grinning:
  18. Pretty Girl

    Pretty Girl Master Group

    Abeni

    I have seen the movie oh! Has anybody else seen it too?....cause I need to ask this question, WHY IN THE WORLD DID THE MOVIE END LIKE THAT?:(
  19. Pretty Girl

    Pretty Girl Master Group

    Oh, my eyes must have skipped this post.

    Now that answers my question. I hope to get my hands on the second part very soon because this is not a movie you wanna take a break from.
  20. moviewizard

    moviewizard Film Pros

    The movie is in two parts and i hear the second part is titled "Akanni"....

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