On the eve of the world premiere of Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart at the Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix announced it has bought worldwide rights to the film. This makes Lionheart the first Netflix film from Nigeria. It is a great stride, especially for a directorial debut. The film premiered on Friday, September 7 and will be screen subsequently on Saturday, September 8; Monday, September 10; Wednesday, September 12; and Saturday, September 15 at TIFF.
We are happy that in recent times, Nollywood, the world’s second-biggest movie industry by volume has tilted efforts towards quality as against quantity and the result has been impressive. In the past, Netflix has licensed Nigerian films like The Wedding Party and October 1 but this happens usually after they have been screened locally. There is a good number of reasons to believe that Netflix’s interest in Nollywood is a boost to the industry, especially in solving the problems of distribution and piracy.
Starring Genevieve Nnaji, Chika Okpala, Steve Eboh, Pete Edochie, Kanayo O Kanayo, Onyeka Onwenu, Yakubu Mohammed, Nkem Owoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Jemima Osunde, and Sani Muazu, Lionheart centres around Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji) whose career is threatened by sexism.
Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results. – Netflix
Lionheart’s screenplay was written by Chinny Onwugbenu, Nnaji, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, and C.J. Obasi
Watch the trailer here: