Genevieve Directorial debut ‘Lionheart’ Premieres at 2018 TIFF. Genevieve Nnaji will soon experience a turn around in her career as her directorial debut, ‘LionHeart’ has been announced as an official selection in the Discovery Section of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, opening on September 6 and will run till 16, 2018.
The movie, ‘LionHeart’ which is set in Southeast Nigeria, is about the story of a young woman named, Adaeze Obiagu (Genevieve Nnaji), who had to run her sick father’s business under the strict supervision of an intensely crude uncle. Her competing business instincts and family obligations come about a drastic change which not everyone is ready to accept.
She stated: “Filmmaking is what I love to do. I am grateful to have had the chance to share my love with millions over the years. ‘LionHeart’ is the beginning of a journey to explore and express my creative interpretation of story-telling, particularly African stories. Africa is a possessor of the most compelling stories as yet untold, and we are determined to tell our stories, our way, through our voices, to the world. And TIFF is the perfect launch for the film.”
However, she would be performing alongside Kate Beckinsale in the much-expected film, Farming from Director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, was also celebrated at TIFF 2013 in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’
According to Chinny Onwugbenu, Lionheart Producer: “ Lionheart is equal parts family drama, female empowerment, and a humorous charmer.
“We assembled a cast of Nigeria’s most respected and revered screen icons including Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Kalu Ikeagwu, Sanni Mu’azu, Yakubu Mohammed, Ngozi Ezeonu, Peter Okoye (P-Square) and Chibuzor Azubuike among others”.