Lagos to host Black Panther director at Cannes Film Festival

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler

Director of the blockbusting Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Black Panther, Ryan Coogler, will be hosted at the Lagos Pavilion at the on-going Cannes Film Festival in France, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, has announced.

Mr Ayorinde made the announcement in an Instagram post on Thursday. learnt that the visit was sealed after Coogler, 31, gave a two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday

The date and time of his visit to the Lagos Pavilion have not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government will on Friday (today) unveil the second edition of the magazine, Cinema in Lagos, at the Cannes Film Festival holding in France.

It is the second consecutive year the magazine dedicated to the business of film in Lagos will be presented to filmmakers, journalists and other film enthusiasts at the festival.

The unveiling will take place inside the Lagos State Pavilion, 2010 Pantenrio Section at the Festival Village by 400 pm.

Some of the eminent personalities expected at the unveiling ceremony include Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Fola Adeyemi; filmmaker and Chairman Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Tourism, Desmond Elliot; filmmaker and Board Member, Lagos Council for Arts and Culture, Kunle Afolayan; Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Dele Balogun, and representatives of the French Embassy in Lagos.

Edited by Olumide Iyanda, the 2018 edition of Cinema in Lagos has special reports on Hollywood stars, Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega, who have announced multi-billion naira projects to be shot in Lagos.

There is also a report on the global box office success of Black Panther and the Nigerian reception in the magazine.

A special documentary on Nollywood will also be screened at the festival.