With keen eyes on visual competence, story credibility and audience appeal, Kayode Kasum graciously shares a pool with filmmakers who, outside their inner chi, sift through ideas in existing films to bolster their creative geniuses.
Following successes from his critically acclaimed indie film “Oga Bolaji” and the laudable box office hit “Sugar rush”, Kasum, in a chat with Filmkaku, outlines below the top four films that have contributed profoundly to his film education.
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION BY FRANK DARABONT
As an ode to the strength and wilfulness of the human spirit, Shawshank Redemption is an agonizing tale of a man wrongfully convicted for killing his wife and his lover. Confined to the Shawshank state penitentiary, he develops an uncanny friendship with another inmate. The film stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and dons the skilfulness of three-time Oscar nominee, Frank Dupont as writer and director.
ISOKEN BY JADE OSIBERU
Lauded the best Nigerian film at the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards, Isoken has the glint of a tasteful rom-com. The story follows Isoken, a young, enterprising Nigerian woman who flouts cultural expectations and falls in love with a Caucasian man. Isoken bodies the genre with its relatable characters and has, ever since, found a home in the hearts of many as a love story well told.
BIRDS OF PASSAGE BY CRISTINA GALLEGO AND CIRO GUERRA
Set in 1970-ish Colombia, Birds of passage is a narco-drama explicating the outset of drug trade in those parts. With an epic narration, the film highlights the travails of the Wayuu family; staking their fall from Grace, shady deals and cultural apocalypse.
FIGURINE BY KUNLE AFOLAYAN
Made by prolific director, Kunle Afolayan, figurine sits well as a supernatural thriller about two friends who steal a dreaded statuette in the guise of a good luck charm. A resultant upturn of circumstance see the friends bite through stone for a solution.