May 20, 2024

ACE filmmaker Tunde Kelani’s latest production, ‘Cordelia’ will screen at the 30th New York African Film Festival on May 15.

The film, adapted from a novella by Professor Femi Osofisan, features Omowunmi Dada, William Benson, Yvonne Jegede, Keppy Ekpeyong, Kelechi Udegbe, Femi Adebayo, Taiwo Ibikunle and Ropo Ewenla.

The period drama set during the early 90s under military rule centres on a university professor who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a military coup. One morning, he arrives at his office worried about his wife’s strange behaviour. Two curious students soon visit him. One is Cordelia Nwaeze Peters, daughter of an army officer Colonel Nwaeze Peters, recently implicated in a military coup. As a result of the coup, there is general unrest, with students on a rampage and Cordelia’s life in danger.

The professor decides to save Cordelia’s life and becomes further enmeshed in the national crisis.

Kelani, who regularly adapts literary works to film, gave a lengthy explanation in his directorial note to the film showing at Francesca Beale Theatre, New York.

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