Network: Cinema Release
Release Date: August 12
Directors: Bakia T. Thomas
Nigerian mainstream media and some blogs have all announced and rehashed the news of an explosive entrance that will hold film enthusiasts in awe on August 12, 2022, when C.O.L.D opens to the public. The film, which Bakia Thomas produced and directed, has been touted as the “biggest movie of 2022” that will “create a new cinema record for a Nollywood movie.”
One of its obvious unique selling points is that the movie is an ensemble of some of the best, veteran Nollywood personages and well-known names in Nigeria’s movie industry. However, from the film’s trailer, there is a sense of palpable tension and heretic doom woven into the plot that are heightened through emotive rendition of dialogues that cinemagoers will find pulsating and gripping.
In a chat with TNR, Thomas says, “C. O. L. D is completely out of the league of films you could ever rank amongst the breath-taking films ever seen from Nollywood and it’s a message to the world.”
To buttress his point and the motivation for the conceptualization of his new film, the filmmaker says, “Filmmaking has gone pass the era where having a good camera and some good budget with a few good actors is enough to pull people to the cinema. Film enthusiasts have become more informed to tell when they see a good film.”
To satisfy discerning cinemagoers and the ever-growing Nollywood patrons across the globe, Bakia revealed the principle that guided his casting for this movie: “In selecting the cast, we carefully went for very intellectually very sound actors that could give us exactly the depth of interpretation we wanted in the project.”
The exceptional attribute of this film, Thomas says, was attested to by Pete Edochie after his reading of the first draft of the script, when he said, “You must have guts to want to tell such a story.”
In this movie, Richard Mofe-Damijo is a priest, whom he describes as a person “with so much baggage” and, through his characterization, he tells TNR that the film peeps “into the dark side of some of these mega churches.”
Cast: Pete Edochie, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Hilda Dokubo, Ireti Doyle, Kanayo O. Kanayo, IK Ogbona, Keppy Ekpeyong, Femi Branch, Freddie George, Lincoln Edochie, Lisa Viola (Australian).