OLIVE -LIGHTS, CAMERA AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL
Directed by:- Alfonso Johnson
Produced by:- Alfonso Johnson
Starring :- Maria Paz Algre, Benton Greene, Maame Yaa, Maame Yaa Boafo, Alfonso Johnson
Runtime:- 6 minutes 21 seconds
Looking at the title one would automatically assume that the movie revolves around the tasty fruit but it is much deeper than that. The movie follows two struggling couples trying their best to make their relationship work. Inspired by William Shakespeare ‘s song “O Mistress Mine” and performed by Caleb Eberhardt of the hip hop/jazz duo Quincy Vidal, Olive hopes to use its unique method of story telling to explore the themes of betrayal, infidelity, heartbreak and chance encounters.
- The most striking element of the movie is its visual style. The movie solely relies on using Black and White as its primary colours. The film also boasts great cinematography from Eric Branco as we get great shots of the city of Philadelphia and various rooms that serve as a backdrop for the troubled relationships.
- The film’s minimalist approach works extremely well. The movie utilizes a soothing and emotionally powerful rendition of Shakespeare’s song ‘O Mistress Mine’ performed by Caleb Eberhardt. The song helps drive the story and effectively highlights the themes the movie focuses on. Another thing I appreciate is the raw emotions that the actors effectively convey on the screen as the movie has limited dialogue and rather focus on the characters expressions and their actions to tell the tale.
- I am not sure if this was an intentional effect or not there were two moments when the movie stutters its not distracting but its noticeable and a bit odd.
Olive is a fascinating short film backed by a stellar performance from its cast; impressive visual style and great music. This is something you should definitely give a watch at the festival this weekend.
RATING: WORTH A WATCH
Olive is scheduled to be shown at the Lights Camera Africa Festival 10:00 am on Saturday 1 October at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island. If you are interested in attending be sure to check their website and register for the festival at no cost. Please be sure to also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.