Half Of A Yellow Sun (2014) – 01b

Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton’s ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ to Hit U.S. in May 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo and Thandie Newton as Olanna in 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' (2014)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo and Thandie Newton as Olanna in ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ (2014)

Half Of A Yellow Sun, an epic Nigerian drama starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Thandie Newton (For Colored Girls), is set for a U.S. premiere on May 16th in New York City.

The Biyi Bandele-directed film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s 2007 wartime novel follows twin sisters, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), who return from their English educations to a country torn to pieces during the Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970).

Half Of A Yellow Sun also stars Onyeka Onwenu, Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), and John Boyega (Attack the Block).

The film premiered in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, followed by the London Film Festival, AFI Fest, the Dubai International Film Festival, and U.K’s Glasgow Film Festival in March.

Produced by Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), along with Slate Films, Shareman Media, British Film Institute (BFI), and Lipsync Productions, the film was shot across five weeks in Tinapa Studio, Calabar and Creek Town, Nigeria on a roughly $7.7 million budget. It was picked up for distribution by Monterey Media in January 2014.

The New York City premiere at Quad Cinema on May 16th will be preceded by theater releases in the U.K. on April 11th and Nigeria on April 25th. A nationwide roll out in the U.S is estimated for July 2014. Enjoy a trailer and a couple clips from the film below.

[thanks indiewire.comokayplayer.com]