In celebration of ‘Beast of No Nation‘ premier in theaters nationwide, here’s a collection of facts about the movie you probably didn’t know.
1.) Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 African war drama film written, shot, and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The movie is about a child soldier in a nonexistent African country, who survives as his country goes through a horrific war.
2.) The movie is based on the same-titled novel by Uzodinma Iweala, a Nigerian doctor and sociologist who began the story as a thesis project at Harvard.
3.) The Novel was published in 2005 and adapted as an award-winning film in 2015.
4.) Uzodinma is the son of Nigeria’s former Minister of the Economy under Goodluck Jonathan, Okonjo Iweala.
5.) Idris Elba and Uzodinma Iweala co-producer the movie.
6.) The movie was premiered September 3, 2015 in Venice, October 16, 2015 in the United States, and December 11, 2015 in Nigeria.
7.) The total budget for the movie was $6 million.
8.) Beast of No Nation had a worldwide box-office gross of over $86 million.
9.) The movie was shot in Ghana, west Africa.
10.) Netflix bought the worldwide distribution rights for around $12 million.
11.) Beasts of No Nation has received critical acclaim, with particular praise for the performances of Elba and Attah. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 90% rating based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0/10.
12.) Ghanaian actor,Abraham Attah won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
13.) Director, Cary Joji Fukunaga also won the CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
14.) Star actor, Idris Elba this week earned a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actor in “Beast of No Nation.”