TIFF 2017 Preview: The Royal Hibiscus Hotel Posted by Wilson Morales
September 3, 2017
Making its World Premiere at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be the romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, the only Nigerian selection and one of just three African features in the Contemporary World Cinema category, which spotlights forty-eight of the best new films worldwide.
Directed by Ishaya Bako from a script written by Nicole Brown, Debo Oluwatuminu and Olayinka Ogun, the film is executive produced by mogul Mo Abudu (CEO of EbonyLife TV and Executive Producer of the Nigerian hit film The Wedding Party).
Set in Lagos and London, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel centers on a couple, Segun and Rose Adeniyi, who run a charming, but run-down, boutique hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. In desperation, Segun decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts. Their daughter, Opeoluwa, is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When Ope decides to return to Nigeria, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons. Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off. Meanwhile, Ope meets Deji, a charming young businessman with a secret that threatens her plans to restore the hotel’s fortunes. Can love survive deception and will Ope manage to fulfill her dreams?
The cast includes Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, many of whom are expected to join the director in Toronto for the screening.