Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

Nominee
Best First Feature Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Every frame feels like the film distilled to its essence.

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Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from co-directors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neo-realism, Eyimofe traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.

Not Rated
Genre
Drama
Runtime
116
Language
English
Director
Arie Esiri
Chuko Esiri
Writer(s)
Chuko Esiri
Cast
Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Tomiwa Edun, Jacob Alexander, Chioma Omeruah, Ejke Asiegbu, Sadiq Daba, Imoh Eboh, Chiemela Azurunwa
Awards:
Nominee, Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Brody, New Yorker

The first feature by the Nigerian filmmakers Arie and Chuko Esiri (who are twin brothers) is set in Lagos and centered on two working people who are desperate to emigrate. Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrical engineer in a printing plant, is maneuvering to go to Spain—paying a high price for a false ...

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