Saturday, 9 June 2012

Tango With Me bags six awards, goes to cinema in UK, Ireland

NIGERIAN filmmaker, Mahmoud Ali Balogun's film, Tango With Me has won six awards at the just concluded Nollywood Movies Award 2012 edition held in Lagos recently. The internationally acclaimed movie beat Mirror Boy, Anchor Baby, Private Storm, Memories of The Heart and Kiss and Tell to clinch the Best Movie award. Joseph Benjamin who starred in the Tango With Me also won in the Best Actor In A Leading Role category. Expectedly, Mahmoud Ali Balogun effortlessly bagged the Best Director's award. The efforts put in by the film crew paid off as it also won the Best Cinematography and Best Sound and Editing/Design awards. It wrapped up its award haul with Genevieve Nnaji bagging the Best Viewers' Choice Award. Balogun in a short statement posted on his media Company's Facebook page, Media Image Managers as well as website, www.my mediaimageng.com, dedicated the awards to the glory of God even as he reiterated that "handwork pays in any endeavour. But since this is just the beginning of a long journey (because there are more awards to come surely), I will just say, let's keep our fingers crossed." Also, Talking Drum Entertinment, a UK based distibution company specialising in black film have set an August 2012 release date for the award winning romantic drama Tango with Me. The film will open across all the major UK and Ireland cinema chains in the first phase before proceeding on to other European Countries. Tango with Me which was the highest grossing film in Nigeria in 2011, stars Genevieve Nnaji and Joseph Benjamin as a couple facing a complex concoction of moral issues as they battle with trials and tribulations within their young marriage. Mahmood Ali-Balogun produced and directed the film under his Brick wall Communications production company. “This is a positive development for African film in general and Nollywood in particular because a wider audience will experience our films and returns on film investments will improve greatly for the benefit of all stakeholders in our bid to take the industry to greater heights," Balogun submitted.

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