Pascal Aka’s new Movie “Gold Coast Lounge” Premieres in January 2020
The highly anticipated film Gold Coast Lounge is set to hit the cinema in January 2020. The movie is produced by Esi Yamoah and directed by Pascal Aka. It is a Crime, Drama and Romance movie, which talks about a crime family who had to clean up their shady acts before the Government shuts down their lucrative private property.
The movie’s first trailer was released on the 10th of October 2019 and had viewers in awe. From the little sneak peek of the scenes in the trailer, it’s quite evident that this is going to be another exhibition of Pascal Aka’s impressive cinematography skills. The story blends drama, music, suspense, romance, and action; these are all classic tools Pascal Aka loves to work with looking at the pattern of all his films, even including his music videos.
Over the years, Ghanaian films have transitioned to different stages and trends in terms of story and production and it seems we are about to experience a new wave. We have seen some really impressive productions from people like Kwaw Ansah and King Ampaw and Pascal Aka’s Gold Coast Lounge looks like an ambitious attempt to take us back to that era.
This what Pascal Aka, had to say about why he made this film; “I was inspired to write Gold Coast Lounge because it wasn’t something that I’ve seen before with people who looked like me. I wanted to create a beautiful and passionate story that would be remembered for centuries to come. I wanted to create something fresh and new from an African’s point of view”.
The casts of the highly anticipated movie include; Adjetey Anang, Raquel Ammah, Alphonse Menyo, Zynnell Zuh, Pascal Aka, Cina Soul, and Gideon Boakye. At this point, it is safe to say that we definitely do not care who is in it, we just want to see the movie. Just so you know, Ghanafilmindustry.com will be giving away some free tickets so allow updates, subscribe and watch this space.
Speaking on the making of the movie, Producer Esi Yamoah said; “There is nothing like working with a group of people who are as passionate about telling Ghanaian stories as they are. I knew it was a perfect fit”.
In a bid to give the movie a unique style and mode of identity, Pascal Aka coined the term Afro-Noir to describe his approach in telling this story. According to him, it is a style of cinematography that uses some basic techniques of the vintage black and white film noir era from the 40s and mixing it with a taste of African classic traditional, afro-jazz, highlife music and culture. Afro-Noir is coined from film-noir, a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. The 1940s and 1950s are generally regarded as the “classic period” of American film noir.
The film has been selected for The African International Film Festival 2019 (AFRIFF), which is scheduled to take place in Nigeria from the 10th to 16th of November. It has by far gotten recognition and reviews from various media houses and blogs including Film Combat Syndicate, an American action movie blog and Face of Africa.
Below is the Synopsis of the film;
An afro-noir film, set in the nightlife of post-independence Ghana. A crime family has to unite and clean up their act before the government shuts down their lucrative lounge. After their leader is mysteriously poisoned, it is up to Daniel (the eldest) to take power. While struggling to implement his policies, Daniel has to over-come power, struggles, love triangles, tribalism, and a murder investigation.
At this point, January is kind of taking forever to get here, so all we can do for now is feed our eyes with the trailer and probably stay tuned to their social media accounts ‘Gold Coast Lounge’ to get updated on the movie every now and then.