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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director:

Biyi Bandele

Writers:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (novel), Biyi Bandele (screenplay)
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Olanna
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Odenigbo
Anika Noni Rose ... Kainene
Joseph Mawle ... Richard
John Boyega ... Ugwu
Onyeka Onwenu Onyeka Onwenu ... Mama
Babou Ceesay ... Okeoma
Susan Wokoma ... Amala
Jude Orhorha Jude Orhorha ... Harrison
Genevieve Nnaji ... Miss Adebayo
Gloria Anozie Gloria Anozie ... Aunty Ifeka (as Gloria Young)
Tina Mba Tina Mba ... Mrs. Ozobia
Wale Ojo ... Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu Ayo Lijadu ... Professor Ezeka
Naya Amobi Naya Amobi ... Arize
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Storyline

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two sisters, schooled in England, raised in Nigeria. Now on the brink of civil war, two lovers committed to freedom, displaced by conflict, ready to sacrifice everything. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

Nigeria | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Yellow Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Nigeria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NGN1,270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,843, 18 May 2014

Gross USA:

$54,529

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,393
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The romantic drama spans over a decade, starting with Nigeria's newly found freedom from the British rule in 1960, and continuing until the end of the fighting. See more »


Soundtracks

Santa Baby
Written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Performed by Eartha Kitt
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A novelist film
22 June 2014 | by konpamusicSee all my reviews

I watched this film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. It is an Okay film for the first-time director Biyi Bandele - jumping straight to big budget film ($10M). Nevertheless,  it does not deserve the golden award for best feature film. ZIFF is promoting mediocrity. There were other local African films that deserve the award - as 'local' is one of ZIFF main criteria. ZIFF is a not-for- profit organization, and it functions no different than the big-name for-profit festivals. If you don't know what I am talking about - watch the documentary Official Rejection (2009).

Hollywood actors, big-name producers from Constant Gardener, and expensive special effects did not embellish the poor directing skills of Biyi Bandele. 

To be successful in his next film project, I advise Biyi to first divorce himself from his novelist style. 

Just as acting-for-play is different than acting-for-film; the same rule applies to writing a book vs a film script; directing a play vs directing a film.

Biyi does not yet understand the job of a director. There are certainly a LOT of specific directorial responsibilities that he needs to master to become a good director.


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