All roads will today evening lead to the National Theatre in Kampala where local film, Rena: Indibasa, is set to hold its premiere.
Directed by Charles Tyaba, the Luganda language feature apparently revolves around a complex love triangle involving an immaculate girl and her two opposing suitors.
“It’s a story about love and lust set against the backdrop of the culture of materialism amongst today’s youths,” the 40-year-old filmmaker told this website in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Tyaba, a veteran in the budding Ugandan film industry having started out as a video hall operator in downtown Kampala in 2007, said he shot the film on a shoestring budget of about Shs8m throughout the course of last year.
He however says the rather lengthy period spend in production was worth the while as it gave him ample time to pay extra attention to detail and eventually come up with a quality film.
Set around Kampala, Rena stars newcomer actress Kenisha Marz as the titular character, a naïve girl trying to stay true to her broke man Eddie (played by Jonathan Kintu Alex, who also serves as the film’s producer)while shooing off advances from a wealthy tearaway named Tony (Godfrey Musinguzi) who’s just returned from his studies abroad.
“It is so far the most difficult role I have had to play because it totally took me out of my comfort zone. I hope people fall in love with my performance because I gave it my all,” actor Musinguzi said of his villainous character that has a murder to his name in the film.
The 30-year-old hunk, who has lately been splashing saucy pictures of his new fiancé on social media, says he is keen on reinventing himself as an actor this year following years of being typecast as a loverboy.
Rena is the first official Ugandan film premiere this year and audiences will be hoping it sets up the pace for what is promising to be a great year for local cinema.
Tickets to today’s event are selling at the theatre box office at Shs30,000 and Shs10,000 for VIP and ordinary seats, respectively. Gates open at 6pm with a red carpet treatment ahead of the screening. See you there.