At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Andrew Dosunmu‘s “Mother of George” received strong buzz and lots of notice, largely thanks to Danai Gurira‘s standout performance (which is why we named her one of our 15 Breakout Artists To Watch). Gurira is probably best known as Michonne on AMC‘s “The Walking Dead” and/or for her stellar film debut in “The Visitor.” But reteaming with Dosunmnu—their first film together was “Restless City,” which screened at Sundance two years ago—seems to have paid off with a role in a movie that will certainly get her landing on more radars.
“Mother of George” is a beautifully shot portrait of a Nigerian-American couple’s marriage in Brooklyn, highlighting the wife’s (Gurira) struggles with her husband’s (Isaach De Bankole) expectations, a meddlesome mother-in-law, and trying to get pregnant. As we said, reception in Park City for the film was enthusiastic, and even more, it took home some hardware, with Bradford Young winning the Cinematography Award (a prize he shared for also lensing the equally praised “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints“).
Distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, “Mother of George” will open at the Angelika Film Center in N.Y.C. on September 13th and have a national release soon to follow. Check out the stunning trailer below.