Following a series of successful screenings at multiple international festivals, West
African romantic comedy Potato Potahto will kick off its cinematic release
across the African continent this November. Potato Potahto opens in Nigerian
and South African cinemas on 24 November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens
on 30 November.
Directed by award winning Ghanaian filmmaker Shirley Frimpong-Manso; the film
stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala
Akindoju, Adjetey Anang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas. The movie tells the
story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in
chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his
ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride
of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.
Director Shirley Frimpong Manso reflects on the film’s journey; “It has been a
whirlwind taking our labour of love across the world. I have truly been overwhelmed
by the universal acceptance of the movie, the unusual storyline and our incredible
cast; I look forward to when Potato Potahto finally hits the cinemas.’
For South African filmmaker Bonginhlanhla “Mr. B’ Ncube, more African filmmakers
should adopt Potato Potahto’s unique form of pan-African collaborations. “This
collaboration is a true representation of Africans coming together and saying, “we own
this space, our continent, our people,’ let’s serve them and tell those African stories-to
our people.’ Mr. B attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the film and
immediately invited the producers to release the film in South Africa, his production
company Sukuma Media which released the action comedy flick, Safe Bet
(2016), is actively involved in the South African release.
Producer Inya Lawal is ecstatic about the movie’s upcoming cinematic release; “We
have taken Potato Potahto round the world to an incredibly warm reception,
we cannot wait to bring it to cinemas home in Africa, this is just the beginning!” she
Potato Potahto has two Best Feature Film awards and has been screened to
rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, the
British Urban Film Festival, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival and the Baltimore
Internaional Black Film Festival. It was the first Nollywood film to screen at the
Chelsea Film Festival and it heads to the American Film Market, Film Africa Festival (in
competition) the African International Film Festival and the Toronto Nollywood
International Film Festival in November.
Potato Potahto releases in cinemas exclusively to Ster-kinekor on 24
Potato Potahto is a co-production of Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment,
Virgo Sun Ltd., Lufodo Productions and WB Entertainment.