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MORRIS FROM AMERICA (MORRIS AUS AMERIKA)

MORRIS FROM AMERICA
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MORRIS FROM AMERICA revolves around a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris and the relationship he has with his father, Curtis, during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating matters, they are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany - a city of rich history but little diversity. Morris 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 Curtis.

MORRIS FROM AMERICA has style and heart so perfectly calibrated that it unfolds effortlessly before our eyes. Pulsating with the rhythm of a 13-year-old's heart, this film springs from different cinematic traditions to become a distinctive coming-of-age story all its own.


Chad Hartigan was born in Cyprus and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts' School of Filmmaking. His award-winning films include: LUKE AND BRIE ARE ON A FIRST DATE (2008), THIS IS MARTIN BONNER (2013), and MORRIS FROM AMERICA (2016).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Chad Hartigan
Screenplay Chad Hartigan
Cinematography Sean McElwee
Cast Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Jakub Gierszał, Lina Keller, Eva Löbau, Patrick Güldenberg, Levin Henning
Producers Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy
Co-Producers Arek Gielnik, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
Production Company Flare Film, in co-production with INDI FILM/Berlin, Beachside, in association with SWR
Length 89 min
Format DCP
Original Version
 English, German
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals Sundance 2016 (US Dramatic Competition), Cleveland 2016, San Francisco 2016, Jeonju 2016, Seattle 2016, Sydney 2016, Stockholm 2016, Torino 2016, Muestra de Cine Europeo Segovia 2016, Kerala 2016
Awards Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award 2016, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award Sundance 2016
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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