Saturday, September 22, 2007
· At first public
By: KOUAME KOULIBALY
IT will be one of the proudest moments in the life of actor David Dontoh when he mounts the stage at the National Theatre in Accra next week to receive a coveted world prize from a distinguished Ghanaian King.
The occasion, to celebrate King Ampaw’s latest film, No Time To Die, will also see the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, presenting the celebrated actor with an international award he won for his role as a hearse driver in the world acclaimed movie.
Furthermore, that will be first time the Ghanaian public will have the opportunity to be part of what has shot Ghana back into the international realm of film since the success stories of ‘Kukurantumi’ and ‘Love Brewed in the African Pot’.
The film made its world premiere at the 26th Amiens International Film Festival in France in November last year. It has since been to other festivals in France, Canada and England and scheduled to go on a six-city tour of Germany from November 24 with further invitations to attend other festivals in Germany and the United States.
“No Time To Die’ made a big splash in international film circles last April when David Dontoh was adjudged the Best Actor at the 4th African Film Festival of Tarifa in Spain from among 14 other feature films from Ghana, Cameroun, Algeria, Chad, Gabon, Guinea, Mauritius, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.
Documentaries, short features and animation were also shown at the festival.
It is that award which will be presented by the Okyehene to David at the film’s first public showing at the National theatre in Accra; a colourful event to be attended by film celebrities across Ghana and Africa.
Also in attendance will he Agartha Ofori, who also won hearts of many at the Paris film festival for her classic depiction of Esi, the orphan whose desire to convey her mother’s corpse to her village turns out to be the opportunity for Asante to get something he had been longing for. The two eventually fall in love but Esi’s father becomes a stumbling block and the ensuing drama affords David the opportunity to unfurl his acting prowess which impressed the 10-man jury at the festival.
The film’s star-studded cast include Kofi Bucknor, Fritz Baffour, Emmanuel France, Ama Hunter, Agnes Dapaah, Issifu Kasimu, Amartey Hedjoleh, Kofi Mends, Addokwei Moffat and Juliet Tetteh-Hago, Commenting on why he settled on comedy for No time To Die, King said; “A lot of stories about African in the international media are about AIDS, war, famine and deprivation I wanted to make a film that shows that we are also human and know how to relax and laugh. Ghana has been absent from international film circles for a considerable while. I believe No Time To Die has come to fill the void”.
All said and done, Saturday October 13, will be another landmark in the remarkable life of David Dontoh, a scholar, athlete, boxer and actor who took to drama from a science background.
His own father did not understand why his son, a science student after Sixth Form, wanted “to do concert” instead of improving on his grades to study medicine.
Born 50 years ago in Cape Coast, he had his elementary education in cape Coast, Winneba and Abakranpa, all in the Central Region. He then continued to Apam Secondary School.
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