Janus Films has announced the acquisition of the Nigerian feature film EYIMOFE
Eyimofe has made history as the first Nigerian film to be on Criterion Collection, after it was recently acquired.
Just as the film concluded its cinematic release in Nigeria, Janus Films reached an agreement and consequently announced the acquisition of the Nigerian feature film EYIMOFE (This Is My Desire) for a North American market. Based on the agreement, which was sealed recently in the United States, the film will be released in theatres on July 23, followed by a streaming release on the Criterion Channel and home video release via the Criterion Collection.
Founded in 1956, Janus Films was the first theatrical distribution company dedicated to bringing international art-house films to US audiences. It handles the rights in all media to an extensive library that includes the work of legendary Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Abbas Kiarostami and Akira Kurosawa.
“Arie and Chuko’s EYIMOFE (This is My Desire) does not feel like a debut film. At once a migration story told from the perspective of those longing to leave and a love letter to the filmmakers’ home city of Lagos, this incisive, beautifully shot, and deeply humanist work deftly evokes global issues of class, migration, and social stratification without ever straying from the intimate lives of the ordinary people at its heart. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this exciting new work to screens and audiences across the country.”
On the filmmakers’ part, director Chuko Esiri said,
“When you trace the thread it begins with us watching the Criterion edition of Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. That film and so many others bearing the twin-faced logo of Janus taught us that the world was much closer than we could have ever imagined and that the stories of disparate cultures and people mattered. To be able to bring EYIMOFE to audience’s across North America with Janus and Criterion is truly a dream come true and we cannot wait to share our corner of the world.”