MORRIS FROM AMERICA

By Chad HARTIGAN

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Drama - Completed 2015

When a black teen moves to Germany with his single father, he must deal with culture shock and his infatuation with a rebellious girl, all while dreaming of becoming a hip hop star.

Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2016
U.S. Dramatic Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Special Jury Award for Individual Performance- Craig Robinson
Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2016
Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2017
LOLA at Berlinale
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Chad HARTIGAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Chad HARTIGAN
    • EIDR 10.5240/2148-1E5C-1B1D-FEAA-331B-I
    • Producer(s)
    • Adele ROMANSKI, Sara MURPHY, Martin HEISLER, Gabriele SIMON
    • Synopsis
    • Morris Gentry is 13, overweight, and fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G. He’s entering puberty, self-conscious, and new to living in Heidelberg, Germany, where nobody else looks or acts like him. His single father Curtis is better at relating to Morris as a friend than a father, bonding with his son over their shared love of music. Initially, Morris only interacts with Curtis and Inka, his kind - if naïve - German language tutor, but when forced to attend summer classes at a youth center, he instantly falls in love. 15-year-old Katrin is just the girl for Morris: rebellious, cool as ice, and not as indifferent toward him as the other kids. As the two begin to develop a slow friendship (albeit one that Morris hopes will be the start of something deeper), Morris drifts further from Curtis, who is having a hard time of his own adjusting to his son’s burgeoning adolescence. In the wake of these changing relationships, Morris risks everything in a journey far outside of his comfort zone toward self-confidence and acceptance in this new, foreign environment.
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