The fledgling Ethiopian film industry takes a hit every time an amateur film with ‘a film that takes the film industry into another level’ advertisement dispirits the audience. However, the standard of comedy films is maintaining a good quality says Capital’s Kirubel Tadesse, after watching a few comedy hits.
Long lines are becoming norm even at the expansive Edna Mall Matti Multiplex Cinema. Film themes were often criticised as obsessed with family-based love stories that involve some sort of shady past by poorly portrayed characters.
Driven by huge turnouts that allow producers, who are often directors as well, to pocket huge bucks, most recently released films are comedies. Humour and happy endings are the common traits of the hits and audience are increasingly becoming crazy for them.
Yewondoch Gudaye is back!
Shewaferahu Dessalegn and most of the cast of the hit comedy Yewondoch Gudaye are back and new talent also illuminates the funniest movie ever, Yewondoch Gudaye II.
If you loved the first romantic comedy then you will surely love the second, if you didn’t, the second will change your mind even about the first.
The first one was about how to keep girlfriends, this one is to save the workshop, which was set up magnificently by the first film.
For over two hours, the film takes you through various social issues in a manner that keeps you highly entertained and in a manner that makes you reconsider some of your preconceptions. The film leads other comedy hits, and revenues registered at the Edna Mall are evidence of this.
Ayaskem, smart and funny!
It is always heartbreaking to see a disabled boy being teased by peers. Coming from a poor family, the boy’s life had no bright lights to follow but he finally ends up finding his way to wealth. This may seem like a theme of some sort of tragedy, but Ayaskem [it is not funny] is one of the most hilarious comedies the Ethiopian film industry has produced, particularly deserving recognition for smartly raising the treatment of disabled people’s plight, yet still managing to keep the audience laughing. It is a must-see movie and the lead performance by the veteran comedian, Dereje Haile, is stunning.
Both of the hits are evidence of the huge success comedy hits are registering. Five years ago, the first films that made it to screens as the local industry claimed a re-birth, Kezkaza Wolafen, Gudifecha and other films, were hardly of a high quality, but now the industry has evolved and both the audience and the makers of the films say the time is for comedy.
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