"I don't need friends, I'm gangsta." A24 has revealed the first fantastic trailer for one of my favorite films out of Sundance this year, Morris From America, directed by Chad Hartigan. Newcomer Markees Christmas stars as a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris who lives with his father, played by Craig Robinson, in Heidelberg, Germany. It's a sweet and funny coming-of-age story about his first love (more like infatuation with a young German girl played by Lina Keller) and figuring out how to be himself in a town where he doesn't fit in. I wrote in my review from Sundance: "I found myself enjoying this film so much because it is so refreshingly original." This is a stellar trailer - editing is spot on, the music is perfect.
Here's the first official trailer for Chad Hartigan's Morris From America, direct from A24's YouTube:
The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of an American living in Germany. Morris (played by newcomer Markees Christmas) is a 13-year-old African-American who moves to Heidelberg with his dad, who coaches professional soccer. The film explores Morris's attempts to fit in with German kids. He falls for a girl at a youth club and she encourages him to open up a little and share his rapping. Morris From America is both written & directed by filmmaker Chad Hartigan, of the films This Is Martin Bonner and Luke and Brie Are on a First Date previously. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (read my review). A24 will release Morris From America in select theaters starting August 19th this summer. See it!