OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Alfons Adetuyi
COUNTRY : USA
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 100min
Nu Metro 4, 10 Oct @ 10.30pm | SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 3pm
LOVE JACKED is a sophisticated small town Romantic Comedy with a twist: it involves a fake wedding, a fake funeral and a love triangle spanning two continents: North America and Africa. OK it has a lot of twists and a few turns, but it’s told in the tradition of classic Romantic Comedies such as THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE with a strong female protagonist and an overbearing father with African-American twists.
In LOVE JACKED the characters take themselves and their situations seriously. Our empathy comes from watching two seemingly normal people being thrust into completely abnormal situations and our amusement comes from watching these two, otherwise reasonable human beings, cope with the giant lies that they have told. On the one hand, there is the sincere effort of a daughter trying to escape from under the domineering thumb of her father. On the other, it’s about the unbelievable lies she feels she must tell in order to establish her independence. In spite of all this, she does find true love, but in the last place that she expected to find it.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Alfons Adetuyi is an award‐winning producer recognized for both navigating the complexities of financing international co‐productions and producing successful cross‐cultural films and television series. He has produced over 130 episodes of prime-time television, which have sold internationally to more than 60 counties including: the US, Canada and the UK. He initiated the first official co-production between Canada and South Africa with the ground breaking TV series EKHAYA: A FAMILY CHRONICLE in 1996 and returned to South Africa to produce and direct the popular medical series JOZI-H. A graduate of London’s Fanshawe College film program and the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab. Alfons’ first film Survivors, about a black family forced to confront AIDS premired at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the first drama of its’ length to be written, produced and directed by people of color in Canada.
Alfons recently directed the Romantic-Comedy, LOVE JACKED, starring: Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Mike Epps and Keith David. The film opened the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2018 and won the Programmers Award for Best Narrative Feature. Alfons also produced and directed the award-winning feature film HIGH CHICAGO, starring Colin Salmon (JAMES BOND, RESIDENT EVIL). During its recent festival tour of Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto, the film garnered both the Audience Choice Award and Best Canadian Feature at the ReelWorld Film Festival. Critics have called it, “Compelling and well crafted”. LA Weekly said, ”…the story pulls you in…” The film had a successful run on the festival circuit and was distributed internationally by Entertainment One.
Alfons also acted as executive producer on YOU GOT SERVED: BEAT THE WORLD, the first dance feature to blend hip-hop and parkour (free running), which is distributed by Sony Pictures in the US, Entertainment One in Canada and the Wild Bunch in Europe. Alfons produced the award-winning feature documentary GANESH, BOY WONDER, which screened at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival and the Montreal Film Festival. He produced and directed the award winning documentary series SKIN DEEP (SLICE NETWORK Canada and OXYGEN NETWORK US) and executive produced the dramatic TV series NORTH/SOUTH (CBC).
Alfons is currently developing a number of feature films and TV series as international co-productions with the US, France, UK, India and South Africa.