Nigeria’s Oscar Hopeful Has No Dialogue!?
“A Hotel Called Memory” has no words, giving room for different interpretations that the film maker hopes will stay on the mind of the viewer.
The film is directed by South Africa based Nigerian film maker Akin Omotoso - a Nigerian filmmaker and produced by Ego Boyo, who makes a return to Nollywood.
It screened for the 1st time in Nigeria at the opening night of the 2017 Lights Camera Africa Film Festival.
The film uses only the gestures, movements and expressions of the actors to tell the story and connect with the audience.
Set and shot on locations in three African cities Cape Town, Lagos and Zanzibar; the Film follows Lola – played by Nse Ikpe-Etim - who is recently separated from her husband in Lagos and decides to go on a journey of self-rediscovery.
Her search leads her to Zanzibar and Cape Town, hoping to forget the past and move on with her life.
The film was shot by a 2-man crew; just Omotoso and his cameraman, using natural light with a Sony A7S camera on a 45mm swing shift with tilt lenses.
The film boasts talented actors such as Nse Ikpe-Etim, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Mmabatho Montsho, Nomzamo Mbatha and Abdi Hussein.
Will “A Hotel Called Memory”, an experimental film find an audience in Nigeria?