Saturday, November 3, 2007
‘No Time To Die’ on world screens
By: MERARI ALOMELE
KING AMPAW’s ‘No Time To die’ which was premiered in Spain in May this year at the fourth Pan African Music Festival hits the Screens simultaneously in Stuttgart, Bayern, Frankfurt and Wursberg all in Germany, today.
On November 30, it is expected to hit the circuit in Rome, Italy and transit in New York. It is also expected to rock the Black American Music Festival in Hollywood, Los Angeles soon after.
This, indeed, is the first time a Ghanaian movie is receiving so much attention and accolade in international circles. May be, there is hope for the Ghana Film Industry, after all.
The credit largely goes to King Ampaw who did the screenplay and directing. The storyline is quite sensational and a marvelous attraction.
The movie which has already been shown in France and premiered in Ghana and made great impact at the Hofer International Film Festival has David Dontoh as the lead star.
He plays the role of Asante who works as hearse driver in Ghana. Not quite a palatable role coming to think about conveying corpses to their final rest points.
Asante doesn’t like his job, and his friends abandon him. After all who wants to be firm friends with someone who is always in the company of dead bodies?
However, Asante’s joyless profession turns out to be a blessing in disguise. One day, Esi steps neck-deep into his life when she wants him to transport her dead mother’s corpse to the village.
A love affair develops and marriage becomes inevitable. However, Esi’s father thinks Asante is no good for her daughter. Obviously, a man who drove dead people around did not rank highly in the eyes of his prospective in-laws.
The story gradually builds into a crescendo and the rising tension is mind-blowing as emotions bubble over with far-reaching consequences, peppered with treachery, guile and the deadly poison called love.
The film which was shot in a lovely and science location behind Pantang and Teshie in Accra also casts Agatha Ofori of Abibigromma, Issifu Kasim, Kofi Bucknor, Fritz Baffour, Kwesi Frank, Evans Hunter and Agnes Dapaah of the National theatre.
Speaking to Spectator Arts, Mr. Osmo Kwame Addo said Ghanaians will have the opportunity to watch ‘No Time To Die’ on large screen in various parts of the country. Mean time, it will not be on DVD and VCD, he said.
His impression about the film is that it is one in which the actors are intensely loved by the audience, making ‘No Time To Die’ a unique masterpiece in the eyes of viewers. No doubt, Ghana’s Film Industry is gradually crawling back. Only time will tell.
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