Sundance: A24 Snaps Up Coming-of-Age Drama 'Morris From America'
Written and directed by Chad Hartigan, the film stars Markees Christmas as a 13-year-old American who relocates to Germany and falls in love with a local German girl.
A24/DirecTV on Sunday acquired U.S. rights to Chad Hartigan's coming-of-age drama Morris From America. A source pegged the deal at just north of $1 million.
Written by Hartigan, the film stars Markees Christmas as a 13-year-old American who relocates to Germany. In a new town with little in the way of diversity, the African-American boy falls in love with a local German girl named Katrin, and his tumultuous connection with her takes him on a journey that ends in self-discovery and a new dynamic to his relationship with his father (Craig Robinson).
Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał and Levin Henning also star.
Morris From America, which is playing in the the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival, made its world premiere on Jan. 22.
Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon produced the pic. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub executive produced.
Hartigan is a Sundance veteran. His drama This Is Martin Bonner premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for Best of NEXT, and it also was awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
"From their very first release, A24 has had such an incredible roster of filmmakers and films I admire, that it's deeply humbling and exciting to have them as a partner on this film," Hartigan said in a statement.
UTA repped the filmmakers.