Restless City

3 - Before his second feature directorial effort, Mother Of George, hits theaters next week Friday, you should check out Andrew Dosunmu's enchanting, acclaimed feature film debut, Restless City, especially if you're not at all familiar with his work. Although it's one of those films that begs to be seen on as large a screen as possible (you can thank Bradford Young's beautiful cinematography for that), this will prepare you for what's to come.

Restless City tells the story of young, nomadic Senegalese immigrant, Djbirl (played by Sy Alassane), an aspiring musician, struggling to survive on the fringes of New York City. When he falls in love with a prostitute (Jamaican-born model/actress Nicole Grey) who works for Bekay, the local loan shark, he suddenly finds some much needed meaning and purpose to his otherwise aimless existence, forcing him to make decisions that eventually prove fatal.

The New York City-set story is one that I've championed on this site since its Sundance debut in January 2011. So check it out for yourselves if you haven't yet.

By the way, the star of Dosunmu's upcoming Mother Of George (you'll also know her as Michonne from The Walking Dead), Danai Gurira, has a supporting role in Restless City.