Rita Dominic’s La Femme Anjola gets cinema release date

Rita Dominic

La Femme Anjola, the much-awaited crime thriller directed by Mildred Okwo and starring Rita Dominic and Nonso Bassey will premiere in cinemas across Nigeria on March 19, producers have announced.

A production of The Audrey Silva Company (TASC), the film will be distributed by Silverbird Distribution, the company which also distributed the former’s The Meeting and Surulere.

A statement by the producers made available to Qed.ng read: “In response to the prevalent realities of the film industry, La Femme Anjola will also release digitally for the rest of the world on a paid platform using assets specifically created for this.

“This move is expected to be a landmark one as La Femme Anjola becomes the highest-profile Nollywood film to explore distribution and exhibition opportunities outside of the mainstream avenues currently existing.”

The statement added that the film has been at least five years in the making.

“The bulk of this time was spent sourcing the big-budget funding that could deliver a film on the scale that producers Okwo and Dominic envisioned.

“With the funding secured in March 2019 from Lagos based GTI Securities as well as other private investors, Okwo finished up production in time for a 2020 release only for the rollout to be interrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic,” the statement added.

La Femme Anjola is the story of a young man Dejare (Bassey) who becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he meets and falls for a mysterious woman Anjola (Dominic) whom he simply cannot have.

Scripted by Tunde Babalola, the film “is uniquely Nigerian with plot details touching on elements of greed, betrayal, desperation and the lure of the Nigerian dream,” the statement continued.

La Femme Anjola was shot in locations in Lagos and Cape Town.

It also stars Mumbi Maina, Femi Jacobs, Shawn Faqua, Browny Igboegwu, Jumoke Aderounmu, Paul Adams and Chris Iheuwa.