“The Fits” follows preteen Toni (Royalty Hightower), an athletic girl with a rich interior life. She’s first seen working out in a boxing gym with her older brother (Da’Sean Minor) but her eyes soon travel across the community center where a girls championship dance troupe prepares their routine for an upcoming competition. Toni eventually joins the junior division of The Lionesses and makes quick friends with Breezy (Alexis Neblett) and Maia (Lauren Gibson), but just when she’s settled into a routine, a mysterious ailment begins affecting their teammates. The affected girls start having strange, unexplained “fits” that occur without any warning. In this exclusive clip from the film, Toni, Breezy, and Maia talk about one of the girls who had “the fits” while Maia does their nails.
Director Anna Rose Holmer first worked behind the scenes on the sets of films like Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool,” Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture,” and Nick Bentgen’s documentary “Northern Light,” about three working-class families in Michigan during an annual snowmobile race. She also produced Jody Lee Lipes’ documentary “Ballet 422,” which looks back stage at the New York City ballet. “The Fits” first premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival before screening at this year’s Sundance FilM Festival. It is Holmer’s feature-length directorial debut.
“The Fits” opens this Friday at the Metrograph theater in New York City. It will then open in Los Angeles on June 10th.