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When it comes to portrayals of Brooklyn, New York on film and TV, we either get Spike Lee's beloved Bed-Stuy of yesterday or Lena Dunham's gentrified Williamsburg. Mother of George offers a refreshing third option. Audiences are welcomed into an intriguing, yet overlooked African immigrant community living in the borough’s Flatbush neighborhood.
Austin Film Society will screen Mother of George this Saturday, November 16 [event info/tickets] at 4 pm at Afs at the Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd).
The film opens with the wedding of Adenike (Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on AMC's Walking Dead) and Ayodele (veteran actor Isaach De Bankolé). In any other movie, they might just be background characters; perhaps the aproned individuals you see pass through the swinging kitchen doors of your neighborhood African restaurant. Instead, Nigerian photographer/director Andrew Dosunmu sets his tale of a newlywed couple facing infertility against an almost Greek tragedy backdrop, »
Without question Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George is the most stunningly beautiful film released this year, and now it’ll look even better, if that’s possible, when it's be released on blu-ray DVD.Oscilloscope Pictures has announced today that they will release the film on blu-ray DVD early in 2014, on February 4th.The film stars Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Yaya Alafia, and Angélique Kidjo. No word yet as to extra features that will be included on the disc, but it’s impossible to think that it won’t have a wealth of special features on it.We’ll keep you informed. »
Mother Of George is a poetic and moving second feature by Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City), starring Danai Gurira (Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead, The Visitor). Featuring stunning work by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young (Ain’T Them Bodies Saints), the film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In Mother Of George Isaach De Bankole and Gurira play Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. He owns a small restaurant and has waited six years to start a new life with Ayo in the Us. Ayo and Adenike have a traditional Basotho wedding, culminating in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet to be conceived son, George. But as months pass, Ma George’s pregnancy attempts fail and her loneliness intensifies. Torn between her Basotho culture and new life in America, Ma George struggles to save her marriage, stopping at no cost to give Ayo his much-awaited son. »
- Tom Stockman
I'm disappointed, yet not surprised, that Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed sophomore effort, Mother of George, will be opening in my area for one week only. That means that if you don't make it down to Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. this weekend, you'll have to scramble during the work-week to make it there before it's gone for good. That is unless you're home next week anyway because of the government shutdown. In that case, you have all week to see it. [Side-eye to the childish politicians f*cking it up for everybody.] For those who are unfamiliar with Dosunmu's beautifully dramatic film, here's what you need to know:Ayodele Balogen (Isaach De Bankole) owns »
- Emmanuel Akitobi
Second poster for Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George starring Isaach De Bankole and Danai Gurira. The new poster has arrived for the Oscilloscope Puctures drama, and winner of the Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Mother of George stars Adenike and Ayodele (Gurira, De Bankolé) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child - a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. »
The magic of the movies is to take us into a world we've never experienced before and make it human, relatable and real, and all those qualities apply to Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” No, it doesn't boast big special effects or even major league stars, but anchored by strong characters and telling a moving story of family and marriage, it's a movie that is continuing to make waves ever since taking home an award at Sundance (it just recently unspooled at the San Sebastian Film Festival). And now that it's in theaters, here's another nudge in the ribs to give this one a chance when it plays near you. Featuring "The Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé, "Mother of George" tells the story of Adenike, a Yoruba woman who has left West Africa for Brooklyn and is eager to please her new husband, Ayodele, by giving him a child. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Côte d'Ivoire native Philippe Lacôte is making his feature film debut with a project titled Run, which was one of 15 projects selected for the Cannes L’Atelier - an initiative which runs during the Cannes Film Festival aimed at finding financing for projects by upcoming directors that are in an advanced state of development - last year (2012), when it first showed up on my radar. The film's starring cast includes Isaach de Bankole (likely the most familiar to American audiences; he's currently starring in Andrew Dosunmu's Mother Of George), Abdoul Karim Konate (he stars in Bamba Souleymane's Burn It Up Djassa) and Rasmane Ouedraogo (the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Metallica Through the Never
R, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.
Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs. With its hell-bent rhythmic changeups, the music channels a dark freedom, and James Hetfield is still the boyish biker-jock; he teases the crowd into a feeding frenzy of raw metal power. The hybrid concert/fiction film didn’t need its “plot,” with Dane DeHaan as a roadie on a suicide mission. Hetfield and snarly drummer Lars Ulrich are storybook characters enough. A- —Owen Gleiberman
PG-13, 1 Hr., 30 Mins. »
- EW staff
A lot of information here, so instead of me summarizing, here are words directly from the filmmaker himself, which are far more personal and thus I believe much more effective than anything I could say... The film played for a week in NYC, in June , at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center Kabayito’s Theater, 107 Suffolk Street. It's not available on VOD via Vimeo. To watch, click Here. MacHetero is the debut feature film of infamous artist, agitpropagandist, and filmmaker Vagabond. The film stars Isaach de Bankolé, Not4Prophet, Dylcia Pagan and Kelvin Fernandez. Staying true to his Diy (Do It Yourself) Punk roots vagabond is self-releasing MacHetero at the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Côte d'Ivoire native Philippe Lacôte will be making his feature film debut with a project titled Run, which was one of 15 projects selected for the Cannes L’Atelier - an initiative which runs during the Cannes Film Festival aimed at finding financing for projects by upcoming directors that are in an advanced state of development - last year (2012), when it first showed up on my radar. Since then I've been tracking the project, and this morning, learned that it now has its cast: Isaach de Bankole (likely the most familiar to American audiences; he's currently starring in Andrew Dosunmu's Mother Of George), Abdoul Karim Konate (he stars »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat as a fusion of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and Yoruba chants and rhythms. He also was a political activist and took on the Nigerian government in the 1970s. He passed away in 1997.
- Dave McNary
Breaking: Andrew Dosunmu will direct Focus Features’ drama with music Fela Kuti, which is currently in development. Focus CEO James Schamus and co-ceo Andrew Karpen announced the hiring. This is the film that has been developed with Chiwetel Ejiofor attached to star, and while a deal hasn’t gone down and nothing is definitive, he is hot stuff coming off the lead role in 12 Years A Slave. The film is separate from the Broadway musical. Focus has its own feature rights package that include Fela’s music, rights gathered by producers Lydia Pilcher and Leigh Blake. Fela, considered Africa’s answer to Bob Marley, is as famous for his Afrobeat musical style — a fusion of jazz, funk and West African drums — as he was for speaking out against government oppression in Nigeria. He was a larger-than-life figure, had 27 wives, and his outspoken nature proved costly when his house was raided »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When You’re Expecting: Dosunmu’s Sophomore Feature a Gorgeously Shot Tale of Immigrant Tradition
After debuting his 2011 feature Restless City to critical acclaim on the festival circuit and a limited theatrical release, Nigerian born director Andrew Dosunmu finally debuts the project he originally intended to film first, Mother of George, another tale informed by the rich (and rigid) traditions of the Nigerian immigrant community in Brooklyn. Returning with acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young, Dosunmu’s latest is an electrically photographed film, a vibrant collection of luscious imagery, which elevates an otherwise rigid, pared down narrative.
We meet Adenike (Danai Gurira), who has recently emigrated from Nigeria to marry Ayodele (Isaach de Bankole) during their ceremony. Ayodele’s outspoken mother (Bukky Ajayi) blesses the bride, confirming the number of children they will conceive together, the first a boy to be christened George. But after eighteen months with none of the predicted results, »
- Nicholas Bell
Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Andrew Dosunmu's lauded Sundance competition drama entry Mother of George this Friday, September 13, 2013. The visually-stunning (shot by Bradford Young), heartbreaking drama stars Danai Gurira as Adenike, who 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. Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa co-star. The film's script »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The inability to have a child is often treated as a white-people problem, the province of middle- and upper-class couples who end up resorting to expensive fertility treatments. But Andrew Dosunmu's supple, observant drama Mother of George puts a different spin on this anguishing issue: A woman who longs for a child and finds herself unable to conceive is probably suffering enough already. What happens when her fertility—or lack thereof—becomes everybody's business but her own?
That's the predicament faced by Adenike (Danai Gurira), a newly married woman living in a West African enclave of Brooklyn. Her husband, Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), runs his own restaurant, working hard to provide for her. But after a year or so of marriage, Adenike hasn't co »
Title: Mother of George Oscilloscope Laboratories Director: Andrew Dosunmu Screenwriter: Darci Picoult Cast: Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé, Yaya DaCosta Alafia, Tony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi, Angelique Kidjo Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/29/13 Opens: September 13, 2013 Those of us with an interest in theater as well as in movies will likely compare Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George” with Federico Garcia Lorca 1934 play “Yerma.” “Yerma,” which means “barren” in Spanish, tells the story of a childless woman living in rural Spain. Her desperate desire for motherhood becomes an obsession that eventually drives her to commit a horrific crime. Because of the time she is living in, she is expected [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Andrew Dosunmu's lauded Sundance competition drama entry Mother of George on September 13, 2013 - likely in a limited release to start. The visually-stunning (shot by Bradford Young), heartbreaking drama stars Danai Gurira as Adenike, who 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. Yaya Alafia and Tony »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Oscilloscope Laboratories is bringing Andrew Dosunmu’s second feature, “Mother of George,” to the big screen. The film, starring “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira along with Isaach De Bankole, Yaya DaCosta Alafia, Tony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi and Angelique Kidjo, focuses on a how a couple’s conception worries complicates their marriage and family relationships: “After the joyous wedding between Adenike (Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé, White Material, Night On Earth), a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, marital complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. The problem devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or [ Read More ]
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At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" received strong buzz and lots of notice, largely thanks to Danai Gurira's standout performance (which is why we named her one of our 15 Breakout Artists To Watch). Gurira is probably best known as Michonne on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and/or for her stellar film debut in "The Visitor." But reteaming with Dosunmnu—their first film together was "Restless City," which screened at Sundance two years ago—seems to have paid off with a role in a movie that will certainly get her landing on more radars. "Mother of George" is a beautifully shot portrait of a Nigerian-American couple's marriage in Brooklyn, highlighting the wife's (Gurira) struggles with her husband's (Isaach De Bankole) expectations, a meddlesome mother-in-law, and trying to get pregnant. As we said, reception in Park City for the film was enthusiastic, and even more, »
- Diana Drumm
Watch the trailer for Oscilloscope Laboratories' Mother of George starring Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankole, Yaya DaCosta Alafia, Tony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi and Angelique Kidjo. Andrew Dosunmu directs from the script by Darci Picoult. The film's produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor, Matt Parker and Carly Hugo along with Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Okungbowa. Mother of George features stunning work by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young (Aint Them Bodies Saints) and premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film makes its New York premiere at the Bam Cinemafest before opening theatrically in mid-September. »
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