Heading into the Oscars with multiple nominations for “Room” and “Amy” and already boasting an impressive 2016 slate thanks to “The Witch,” “Krisha,” “De Palma” and more, A24 has been waiting for the right moment to strike at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and it looks like they finally have with Chad Hartigan’s “Morris From America.” The coming-of-age crowdpleaser has earned mostly favorable reviews over the weekend.
Newcomer and festival breakout Markees Christmas stars as a 13-year-old American living in Germany with his father, played by Craig Robinson. The film deals with the boy’s growing pains as he strikes up a romance with a local German girl and navigates his relationship with his father. Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał and Levin Henning also star.
“Morris From America” is the latest Sundance favorite from Hartigan, who premiered the award-winning “This is Martin Bonner” back in 2013. A24 purchased the film through its deal with DirecTV. Sources peg the acquisition close to the $1 million mark. Deadline first reported the purchase.