An African Comedy Breaks Glass Ceilings at The Cannes Film Festival

“Potato Potahto”, an African marital comedy of errors, based in Ghana and directed by one of Africa’s best known female directors, is set to show how this first-of-its-kind continental coproduction can break into global markets with creative and mature cinema. The premiere was held on Wednesday, May 24 at Gray d’Albion in Cannes.

“Potato Potahto” tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home descend into chaos and recrimination after the husband Tony brings in an attractive female house helper. When his ex-wife Lulu then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues. “Potato Potahto” is written and directed by the award winning Ghanian Shirley Frimpong-Manso, who is well known for her positive and complex portrayal of African women in films. “I have written a lot about marriage and new relationships but never about divorce. I wanted to put a hilarious spin on it, especially when the divorcees become victims of their own tricks,” says Frimpong-Manso.

The film has broken new ground with its Ghanian, Nigerian, British, French and Swedish co-production aimed at making African-made cinema more accessible for global markets. The film is a fantastic showcase of how international co-operation, talent and creativity can combine to give a wonderful and universally attractive film experience. It features one of Africa’s leading actors OC Ukeje, Ghanian actress and TV star Joselyn Dumas, and award winning Nollywood veteran Joke Silva, award winning Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Lala Akindoju, Nikki Samoas, Adjetey Anang and Victoria Micheals..

“I think we touch on an interesting aspect of love and relationships. And I think we made something that people will have genuine empathy for,” says OC Ukeje. “Potato Potahto has a fantastic creative team behind it. This film is definitely worth seeing,” says one of the producers Inya Lawal.

“The soundtrack was recorded on 3 different continents and features recordings from Swedish, French, British, Ghanian and Nigerian artists.,” says co-producer Georges Williams. Potato Potahto is a co-production of WB Entertainment, 19 April Entertainment, Ascend International Studios, Virgo Sun Ltd, and Lufodo Productions. The film is distributed by Jambo Play. Nigeria-based distribution company FilmOne has first-look rights for Nigeria and UK.

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