From a media release:
SHINE YOUR EYES
A Nigerian Musician Searches for His Missing
Brother in the Vibrant Streets of São Paulo
LAUNCHES GLOBALLY ON NETFLIX JULY 29
A highlight of the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, where it received its world premiere, SHINE YOUR EYES (Cidade Pássaro), the richly textured feature fiction debut of Brazilian filmmaker Matias Mariani, will launch worldwide on Netflix on Wednesday, July 29.
|OC Ukeje (as Amadi) and Ike Barry (as Ogboh) in Shine Your Eyes, directed by Matias Mariani. Image courtesy of Netflix.|
SHINE YOUR EYES tells the story of Amadi (OC Ukeje), a musician from Lagos who travels to São Paulo to track down his missing older brother Ikenna (Chukwudi Iwuji) and bring him back home to Nigeria.
Following the faint traces of Ikenna’s footsteps, he discovers that his brother was not the distinguished math professor he was supposed to be, but actually had contrived an intricate and nearly delusional series of schemes to accumulate wealth in Brazil.
As the mysteries deepen, so too does Amadi’s attraction to this vibrant newfound culture—and to his brother’s Brazilian ex-lover, Emilia. As he closes in on his sibling’s whereabouts, Amadi is faced with choosing between his faithfulness to his family and the possibility of a new life in São Paulo.
The after-screening talk back at the Berlin Film Festival 2020: