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Sundance 2013: Oscilloscope Acquires 'Mother of George'

The film premiered at Library Center Theatre on Jan. 18.

Mother of George

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Mother of George, the distributor announced Saturday.

The film from director Andrew Dosunmu (whose film Restless City screened in 2011) and writer Darci Picoult is a portrait of Nigerian immigrant family life. It's the story of Ayodele and his wife Adenike who wish to start a new life together in America. Yet Adenike, unable to conceive the son her mother-in-law already has named George, finds herself torn between the traditions of her Yoruba culture and her new life forcing her to risk everything to save her marriage.

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"We couldn't be more excited to be releasing Mother of George -- it is exactly the kind of gem which we love to champion," said Oscilloscope's David Laub and Dan Berger. "In only his second feature, Dosunmu shows not only tremendous style and visual flair, but a deep empathy for his characters and the ability to portray the complexity of a traditional culture adapting to the modern world."

Dosunmu said he was "thrilled" to be working with Oscilloscope.

"I am honored to be working with such a great team who support filmmakers and their vision. It is a perfect fit," the director said.

Mother of George premiered as part of Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition category at Library Center Theatre on Jan. 18 and stars Isaach De Bankole, Danai Gurira and Anthony Okungbowa.

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Gurira was included in The Hollywood Reporter's five Faces to Watch at Sundance list.

Producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy brought three films to Sundance this year, including photojournalist Shaul Schwarz’s documentary Narco Cultura and David Lowery's romantic drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which was acquired by IFC Films and stars Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.