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Los Angeles, CA (January 13, 2014) - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Half of a Yellow Sun starring Oscar predicted front-runner and 5 time Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Premiered at TIFF and based upon the world-wide acclaimed novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun co-stars Thandie Newton. Both actors are receiving significant acclaim for their performances:

"The film is gorgeous, evocative, and easily the highlight of Newton's achievements as an actress" -Vanity Fair

"Great performances from richly drawn images... Chiwetel Ejiofor, turning in yet another superb performance this year." - Indiewire

The deal for this sweeping historical drama set amidst the Nigerian-Biafran War was put together between Metro International's Natalie Brenner and monterey's Scott Mansfield with an early Summer theatrical planned. "We are so thrilled to be a part of bringing this wonderful, and important, film to U.S. audiences with the incomparable and always captivating Chiwetel Ejiofor. We are proudly continuing our association with TIFF as well, this being our sixth consecutive year distributing films that premiered at TIFF.", commented Mansfield.

monterey has also acquired the TIFF Premiere Cinemanovels starring Jennifer Beals and Lauren Lee Smith. Again, monterey has acquired all U.S. rights in a deal brokered by APA and Double Dutch International, with monterey's Scott Mansfield. A Summer 2014 theatrical is planned.

About Half of a Yellow Sun
Celebrated playwright Biyi Bandele's directorial debut, an adaption of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel, chronicles the captivating journey of two women during the tumult of Nigeria's independence and ensuing Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970), a conflict prompted by the attempted secession of Nigeria's southeastern region and its formation into the short-lived Republic of Biafra. With the vast sweep of an epic, Half of a Yellow Sun tells the story of a generation through the prism of the sisters' thorny romantic destinies: Olanna (Thandie Newton) falls in love with Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a revolutionary who fathers a child by another woman, while Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) enters into a romance with a British writer (Joseph Mawle) who has come to Nigeria to teach.

Nigerian-born Bandele rose to prominence after his 1997 British stage version of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. His take on Half of a Yellow Sun, which streamlines and brings a charged cinematic energy to Adichie's sprawling text, is further evidence of his skill at literary adaptation. The novel's seamless translation to the screen is aided immeasurably by the film's cast: Ejiofor's bracingly charismatic turn as the intellectual militant; Onyeka Onwenu as his hardline mother; and Newton, whose subtle, knowing performance makes her the dramatic anchor in this tale of a country adrift in a sea of ethnic strife and male domination, yet longing for self-determination. While its historical scope looks fifty years into the past, Half of a Yellow Sun is a chilling, lucid, and emotionally gripping drama, and a film that honors the fearless intelligence and strength of the country's women.

Half of a Yellow Sun is presented by Shareman Media and BFI in association with Metro International Entertainment and Kachifo Limited in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP A Slate Films production of a film by Biyi Bandele.

About Cinemanovels
Grace (Lauren Lee Smith) had not spoken to her recently deceased father, the fabled Québécois filmmaker John Laurentian, in years. So even she's surprised when, on a trip to pick up some of his belongings, she offers to help put together a retrospective of his work. Not only has she not seen any of it (their rift was spectacularly traumatic), she knows nothing about curating. She's also a shut-in who rarely ventures outside the condo she shares with her husband, Ben (Ben Cotton). Grace struggles along fitfully, dozing off while watching her father's movies (all of them involving love triangles), and discussing her inertia with her confidante, Clem (Jennifer Beals). By happenstance, she meets Adam (Kett Turton), a neighbor who's an expert on all things Laurentian and offers to help her out. As Grace digs deeper into her father's life and work — and after a disturbing encounter with his long-time lover and lead actress Sophie (Gabrielle Rose) — she finds herself taking on his persona.

A slyly funny family drama about what we inherit (and don't inherit) from our parents, Terry Miles' Cinemanovels is the director's most mature and sustained work to date, a sexy slow burn with a sumptuously oversaturated look, courtesy of Miles himself, and some beautifully mounted and often very comical excerpts from her father's films. Miles is supported by a fine cast, also including Catherine Michaud as the young Sophie, but his principal collaborator is Smith. As Grace, she's such a profound mystery to herself that her confusion is transfixing and strangely exhilarating. We're more than happy to stumble along with her as she tries to navigate unfamiliar terrain.

About monterey media inc.
monterey media ( is celebrating 30+ years as an exclusive distributor of quality films. It is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in uniquely tailored distribution and marketing for independent films. monterey media films have been nominated for Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Awards and include films having premiered at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as a film on Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

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