German Premiere of ‘One Man’s Show’ by Newton Aduaka

Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin, Germany
13 Feb 2014

AfricAvenir invites to the German Premiere of „One Man’s Show“ (Winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award at FESPACO ) at Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin. With internationally acclaimed director Newton Aduaka in attendance.

Shot against the background of Sarkozy’s debate on “National Identity”, ‘One Man’s Show‘ is the gripping portrait of Emil, a once successful Cameroonian actor living in France, who at his 50th birthday discovers that he has cancer. Structured in vignettes, the film follows the tortured Emil as he descends into existential crisis, struggling to connect with his son and confronting the failure of his relationships with the three women in his life.

Somewhere between Dante’s Divine Comedy and Stand-Up Comedy, between Theatre und Performance, the film in a poetic and moving way examines the interior world of a man doubly disconnected. With the phenomenal and hypnotic Emile Abossolo M’bo as the tormented Emil, the film asks in an intelligent and subtle way, what it means to be an artist and what is the price to pay especially if you are a Black artist struggling to stay faithful to yourself and your convictions.

„Based on a very simple scenario of the downfall of a man who believed he could be king, Aduaka presents a touching and subtle film, of which every scene comes back to haunt us once we close our eyes.” Olivier Barlet, Africultures

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with director Newton Aduaka and by a small reception in the cinema foyer.


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‘One Man’s Show’
Newton Aduaka, Fiction, Nigeria/France, 2012, 75 min
With: Emil Abossolo Mbo, Aïssa Maïga, Odile Roire, Fatima Adoum, Kwame Pocrain

Thursday, 13 February  2014, 8pm
Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin
Entrance: 7,50 €



Newton Aduaka was born in Eastern Nigeria in 1966. At the age of four his family sought refuge in Lagos after the Nigerian Civil War, or the Biafran War. He moved to the UK in the mid 80s to study Engineering, but discovered cinema, graduating from the London Film School in 1990. In 2001 he directed his debut feature film Rage. His second feature film Ezra won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga, the highest honour for an African Film Maker at the festival of pan-African cinema, FESPACO in 2007.One Man’s Show is his third feature film. Newton Aduaka currently lives in Paris.


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