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Deutschlands: Carla Juri, Craig Robinson & Markees Christmas Aren’t Foreign to Hartigan’s “Morris From America”

Wurst and sauerkraut appear to be served up with hip hop beats in Chad Hartigan’s sophomore film currently in the closing stages of production. Deadline confirms that breakout Sundance actress Carla Juri (Wetlands), funnyman Craig Robinson and newcomer teen Markees Christmas topline Morris from America. Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszal, Eva Löbau and Levin Henning co-star in the romantic drama being produced by Sara Murphy (Land Ho!), Adele Romanski (Black Rock), Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon. Lichtblick Media GMBH and Beachside Films are co-producing the pic with Michael B. Clark and Alex Turteltaub executive producing.

Gist: This is a coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old hip-hop-loving American boy Morris (Christmas) who moves to Heidelberg with his father (Robinson) and is forced to navigate the trials and tribulations of adolescence in a foreign place. Juri plays Morris’ German tutor and chief confidant.

Worth Noting: We raved about Carla Juri two Sundance editions ago in her delightful and effervescent performance in Wetlands. We’re curious to see her here.

Do We Care?: Having produced the highly enjoyable Land Ho!, Murphy appears to have found a possible winning Euro-Americano formula.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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