Last month, Queen of Glory , a movie written and directed by actress Nana Mensah premiered at The Champs-Elysees Film Festival. It was the first time anyone aside the production team of the movie had seen it and Mensah was nervous about what the reception of the audience would be. It turned out to be a very good one, she told livefmghana.com in a exclusive interview.
“Queen of Glory got into the US in progress portion of The Champs-Elysees Film Festival which is specifically geared towards American films that are not yet finished to show them to a small audience of European distributors, sales agents, film festival programmers so we showed sixty minutes, which is one hour of the film, so it wasn’t the full film just sixty minutes. And it was really well-received. It was the audience favorite because people were really coming to me afterwards and saying such lovely things. And it was the first time that we had shown it to anybody outside of our team: the producers and the people working on the film. So I was very nervous *laughs* I was very very nervous. Everybody was so interested to see the film.”
The Champs-Elysees Film Festival comprises competitive sections for American dramatic and documentary independent films, both feature-lengths and short films, and a group of out-of-competition selections, mostly retrospectives and avant-premieres.
Two film industry targeted evets are hosted alongside the festival, the US in Progress Paris program and the Paris Coproduction village, the latter being co-organized with Les Arc European Film Festival. The 2015 Champs-Elysees Film Festival was held between June 10 –16.
She adds : “The theater was packed; I didn’t even have a place to sit so I stood in the back. I was just standing in the back so I could see people … You can tell when people are enjoying something, they are still right? But when they are bored, they are checking their phone or moving around, coughing or whatever and everybody was still. They were just riveted watching the movie, watching this world that they know nothing about. So that to me, little signs like that… I was really relieved.”
Queen of Glory is about family, identity, and growing up in the face of grief. The film begins with protagonist, Sarah Obeng (Nana Mensah), leaving her Ph.D. program at Columbia to follow her professor/married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, Sarah becomes heiress to King of Glory Christian bookstore in the Bronx that is currently being run by the manager (and tattooed ex-convict), Pitt. To boot, she has to navigate making traditional funeral arrangements with her difficult father, who has flown back from Ghana, to bury his estranged wife. Life in the bookstore teaches funny lessons as “Sarah” attempts to equalize in the wake of sudden adulthood.
Watch trailer of the movie below.
By : livefmghana.com/Ghana/91.9FM