“The White King” follows Djata (Lorenzo Allchurch), a 12-year-old boy, who lives in a totalitarian state that deals in cruel, harsh conditions. After his father is imprisoned by the state, Djata and his mother (Agyness Deyn) are labeled as traitors and are preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries. The two are forced to navigate a terrible world they call home, filled with damaging propaganda and vicious gangs, in order to reunite their family. The film also stars Jonathan Pryce (“Brazil”), Fiona Shaw (“The Tree of Life”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“True Detective”), Greta Scacci (“The Falling”), and the voice of Olivia Williams (“An Education”). Watch the exclusive trailer for “The White King” above.
The film is directed by husband-and-wife team Alex Helfrecht & Jörg Tittel. It’s their feature-length debut. “The White King” is adapted from a 2008 dystopian novel written by György Dragomán, which has been translated into over 28 languages. Dragomán won the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature in 2011.
“The White King” will have its world premiere on June 18th at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it’s nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film and The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film. It will be released in the UK by Signature Entertainment with international sales through Fortissimo Films.