Chiwetel Ejiofor's Directorial Debut Added To Berlinale 2019 Lineup

A little over a year ago, news broke that British-Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in, write and direct the film adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. 

The highly anticipated movie, the Oscar-nominated actor's directorial debut, was recently picked up by Netflix for global distribution, and is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival — the largest independent film festival in the United States.

(Photo: Ilze Kitshoff/The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind)

After its premiere at Sundance 2019, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will go on to show at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival — the prestigious festival which, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, is among the "Big Three".

Chiwetel's movie will be showing as a Berlinale Special selection, and we are not at all surprised. It seems pretty evident that Chiwetel's very deliberate method of approaching every character he's played will shine through even when he's behind the camera.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (based on the semi-autographical book of the same name) tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi who invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Maxwell Simba.

The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival will run from February 7 to February 17.

(Photo: William Kamkwamba/Amazon)

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