Entertainment of Thursday, 17 December 2015
Young Actor Abraham Attah has a new celebrity fan. Who? Solange Knowles-Ferguson, sister of Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
She posted her thoughts on Micro-blogging site Twitter after watching Attah’s performance in the movie ‘Beasts of No Nation’.
“Abraham Attah, what a brilliant performance. I’m blown away.”
Solange is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She is a former member of award-winning girl group Destiny’s Child.
Abraham played the lead role of Agu, who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier.
He won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015.
He has received three high-profile nominations for his role so far: Young Actor/Actress’ category at the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, ‘Best Male Lead’ at the Spirit Awards 2015 and ‘Outstanding Actor In a Motion Picture’ at the 47th annual National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards.
Idris Elba played the commander of the mercenary unit.
The movie is a drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, it was partly shot in Ghana and also stars David Dontoh, Fred Amugi and Grace Omaboe.
Directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga, it is the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.
It premiered on Netflix and in selected Theaters in The United States of America on October 16. It was screened at number of prestigious film festivals including Venice, BFI London and Toronto International Film Festival.
The movie premiered in Ghana last weekend.
See her tweet below:
Abraham Attah, what a brilliant performance. I’m blown away.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 15, 2015