Oscilloscope acquires “Mother of George” – Sundance 2013
Park City, UT – Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced that it has acquired North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George”. The film made its world premiere this past week as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response.
In the poetic and moving “Mother of George”, Adenike (Danai Gurira) weds the charismatic Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), the owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn. Their traditional wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Adenike faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her desperate struggle to save her marriage. The film stars “The Walking Dead’s” Gurira in the title role and veteran actor De Bankolé as her husband, and co-stars Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa. This is Dosunmu’s second feature, following his critically heralded 2011 debut “Restless City.”
Beautifully shot by cinematographer Bradford Young (“Pariah”), the film skillfully folds large,universal themes and ideas into a very personal and intimate story.
It has already received many critical accolades at Sundance; Manohla Dargis of the New York Times singled it out as one of the highlights of the festival and called it “visually splendid.” Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the film is “dazzlingly shot” and praises Gurira’s performance, saying she “inhabits this role with a fire and pride, a devotion, and, at times, a despair bordering on instability.” Guy Lodge begins his review in Variety by saying, “Simply relating the narrative of Andrew Dosunmu’s seductive immigrant drama MOTHER OF GEORGE would do little to convey the film’s stark, poetic power, much less its extraordinary visual and sonic acumen.”
About the acquisition, David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing “Mother of George” -it is exactly the kind of gem which we love to champion. In only his second feature, Dosumnu shows not only tremendous style and visual flair, but a deep empathy for his characters and the ability to portray the complexity of a traditional culture adapting to the modern world. We are thrilled to be working with this wonderful and talented group of filmmakers and to have the opportunity to bring this film to audiences.”
Filmmaker Andrew Dosumnu says, “I am thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope having been a fan of their roster of films. I am honored to be working with such a great team who support filmmakers and their vision. It is a perfect fit.”
The film was written by Darci Picoult and produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor and Matt Parker & Carly Hugo along with Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Okungbowa. Executive producers on the film are: Saerom Kim of Maybach Film Productions; Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment; Jerry Tankersley, Laura Bernieri & Joseph Sorrentino of Fried Alligator Films and Rhea Scott & Fady Salamé. The deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope with Ben Weiss of Paradigm, who represented the filmmakers.