Morris from America (Hartigan, 2016): Picturehouse Central, 1.30pm
This film is being shown at Picturehouse Central's Sundance Film Festival in London season. There is another screening on June3rd. Full details here.
Chad Hartigan’s “This
Is Martin Bonner” (2013) established him as a subtle, original
filmmaking voice attuned to stories of uprooting and dislocation, and he
wrings a more accessible and no less specific variation on the same
theme with “Morris From America,”
a warm and winsome portrait of an African-American teenager adjusting
uneasily to his new life in Heidelberg, Germany. Set to the pulsing
hip-hop music that fuels Morris’ dreams and offers him refuge in a place
that can seem friendly and threatening by turns, this coming-of-age
dramedy explores how the challenges of being young, black and
misunderstood can be compounded in a foreign environment, but goes about
it in a grounded, character-driven way that never smacks of
manipulation or special pleading.
Here is the trailer.