Reveals pact with Canon, Netflix, Canal+, Air France, Pavilion Afriques…
Celebrated Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan has got a potpourri of events lined up for his latest movie, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic), starting with the release of its trailers and posters today, February 1, 2019.
The much anticipated movie stars awards-winning singer, Simi, alongside other prominent actors like Femi Adebayo, Charles Okocha, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow).
The prolific director is optimistic that ‘Mokalik’ will traverse commercial and artistic ends, having been provoked by the expectations of his diverse audience and fan-base across the world.
Afolayan who just returned from a meeting of his company, Golden Effects Pictures with Netflix in Amsterdam, Netherlands, disclosed that he is in talks with the world leading online streaming platform for the acquisition of ‘Mokalik’.
According to him, the deal with Netflix will include other works directed by him, including ‘The Figurine- Araromire’; ‘Irapada’; ‘Phone Swap’; ‘October 1’; ‘The CEO’, ‘The Bridge’ and the yet to released ‘Tenants of the House’.
“We are excited about having our other films, including ‘Mokalik’ on Netflix, as that will assuage our fans who have been sending messages from all over the world, complaining of not having access to our films,” he said.
For ‘Mokalik’ which was shot on CanonC300, with Canon Cine lenses, the filmmaker is celebrating crispy pictures and a mutual path the company is fostering with African cinema .
As part of the slating for ‘Mokalik’, Afolayan, an Air France partner plans to have the film on several platforms, including the French premium television channel, Canal+, which he said has showed interest in ‘Mokalik’ and ‘Odu’ (Capsule of Tales), a TV series in the works.
He also plans to get ‘Mokalik’ listed in the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, among other major film festivals around the world. And as Cannes makes a debut with Pavillon Afriques at the Marche du Film, Cannes Film Festival 2019, a common arena for African film industry this May, Afolayan, on Thursday, was named Ambassador of the pavilion, and will be joining the showcase by other filmmakers from the continent by curating a Kunle Afolayan/Golden Effects Pictures retrospect.
A letter sent to the filmmaker reveals that Afolayan, having been listed as Ambassador on Pavillon Afriques – VIP page, is expected to wear a special ambassador’s tag during the event and function as a panelist on content sourcing, distribution and storytelling sessions among other roles. The filmmaker will also promote Pavillon Afriques and his participation to his million followers across his platform on social media, online and via audio-visual skits.
Happy about the feats attained by the filmmaker, Commercial Director of Air France/KLM, Mr. Remco Bohre said: “Our partnership with Kunle Afolayan is another way of showing how excited we are, at Air France and KLM, about Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry at large.”
‘Mokalik’ follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks… When his father arrives to take him home, Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school… or take on his apprenticeship full time.