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ID reps US immigration thriller in Cannes
Montreal-based ID Communications takes on sales representation rights of Lonzo Nzekwe’s feature “Anchor Baby”, winner of the Best Film award at the Harlem International Film Festival 2010.
By: Stephanie Lalonde
Married, illegal immigrant couple Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) are ordered to leave the U.S. but choose to go in hiding instead. They are waiting for Joyce who is five months pregnant, to deliver the baby to guarantee automatic U.S. citizenship for their child. When Paul is caught and deported by agent Mark Castello (Michael Scratch), Joyce is left to struggle on her own to accomplish their dream.
The film features Nollywood star Omoni Oboli (Figurine, Guilty Pleasures), Ghanaian-raised LA-based Sam Sarpong (Street Kings, The Dedd Brothers, Keeping Up with the Steins), Canadian actress/songwriter Terri Oliver and Canadian actor/model Michael Scratch (The Body Machine, Forensic Science). It grossed over 150,000 USD in Nigeria, making it the 3rd highest earning Nigerian movie in Nigeria cinemas after a 10 week run.
“When I saw “Anchor Baby”, I thought that the emotional portrayal of the struggles faced by many immigrants conveyed realistically just how difficult those situations can be. On top of dealing with important topics in developed countries, the film does not shy away from being fast-paced and entertaining. We are thrilled to be associated with the worldwide distribution of this film. ” said ID’s principal, Dan Shannon.
Speaking of his choice to cast lead actress Omoni Oboli, writer-director-
“Anchor Baby” won Best Film and Best Actress at the Harlem Film Festival, the Emerging 20 award at the Reelworld Film Festival, the Award of Merit at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood and the official selection of the Africa International Film Festival.
The film will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival at Gray d'Albion 2, Wednesday May 18 2011 at 13:30.
For more info and trailer go to: http://idcommunications.org/
About the Director
Lonzo Nzekwe is a self-taught filmmaker born is from Abia State, Nigeria. In 1997, he moved to England, and in 1999, he triangulated between England, the U.S. and Nigeria. He worked as a music producer with various local hip-hop and R&B music artists. In 2005, Nzekwe took a break from music production and moved to Canada where he honed his film writing, editing and directing skills.
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