‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ starring Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie to premiere at TIFF

Posted on August 16 2017 , at 12:04 pm
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  • It is produced by EbonyLife Fims and directed by Ishaya Bako.

A new romantic comedy production from EbonyLife Films, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, will be screened for the very first time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2017.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel tells the story of a disillusioned London chef, Ope, who returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can bring unexpected surprises.

It stars Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon and O.C. Ukeje.

Veteran actors, Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva also feature in the film which is director, Ishaya Bako’s second feature, following his debut, The Road to Yesterday.

It will be one of just three African features in the Contemporary World Cinema category of TIFF, which spotlights 48 of the best new films worldwide.

Speaking on the film’s coming premiere, EbonyLife’s Mo Abudu said, ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel has been a passion project for me – the chance to tell an intimate story that has heart and soul, and explores romantic love in the older and younger generations.’

The film’s Executive Producer added, ‘It addresses some of the challenges around communication in relationships, while managing to be funny, warm and entertaining.

‘Many of us have forgotten what it feels like to fall in love – I hope The Royal Hibiscus Hotel re-ignites this feeling in us all.’

The 2017 edition of The Toronto International Film Festival will take place from September 7 to 17.

Meanwhile, the film is scheduled for release in February 2018.

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