The 1st Trailer For Andrew Dosunmu's 'Mother of George' Is So Sumptuous You'll Want To Eat It

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 6, 2013 3:08 PM
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Isaach De Bankolé & Danai Gurira

But of course it's sumptuous! It's an Andrew Dosunmu film, shot by Bradford Young. What else would you expect? You did see Restless City, right?

So dig it... 

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, 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 was penned by Darci Picoult and produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor as well as Matt ParkerCarly Hugo, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim, along with Picoult and Okungbowa. 

Executive producers on the film include Ron Simons of SimonSays EntertainmentSaerom Kim of Maybach Film ProductionsJerry Tankersley, Laura Bernieri & Joseph Sorrentino of Fried Alligator Films and Rhea Scott & Fady Salamé.

I saw the film about a month ago, here in NYC, and will share my thoughts closer to its release. In the meantime, read Zeba Blay's Sundance review of the film HERE: as well as Dankwa's Maryland Film Festival review of it HERE.

Dive into the lush trailer below:

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21 Comments

  • Shura | August 15, 2013 1:52 AMReply

    This looks so good...I am speechless..even with that small snippet...i've never seen anything so beautiful in its presentation...and to see the richness of dark skin dancing on the screen...they could say nothing, and I would still go watch it.....

  • JTC | August 8, 2013 12:36 AMReply

    I gotta see this one.

  • Brother Imhotep | August 7, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    Black is beautiful.
    Believe it, and achieve it.
    "Bad" Brad Young is unparalleled.

  • DJ | August 7, 2013 3:11 PMReply

    Tragic realist narrative, with a terrific cast, immigrant sensibilities, and yet, completely undermined by the director himself, with: unnecessary, awkward compositions and canted frames (clearly intentional), music vid aesthetics, slow-mo at every turn.

    Dosunmu is clearly informed by, and gifted in, fashion spread, over-saturated art direction. But a film like this, fraught with tense, gritty drama and performance, his instinct needed to be restrained in order to let the drama shine. His visuals were distracting, and at times, overwhelmed Danai's stellar performance (and the narrative itself, although the script should've been tinkered with as well). Noted many frustrated reactions by the audience at the local Brooklyn screening. Frustrating is the apt word to describe the film.

  • NinaG | August 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    I feared that this would be the case with this film. Restless City had a similar issue - Dosunmu's talent w/ visuals was a distraction from the story. I know everyone has a different approach to filmmaking but I go to see films primarily for their stories. The visuals are meant to further engage the audience.

  • NO BRAINER | August 7, 2013 1:23 AMReply

    Not for me. Sorry.

  • Nadia | August 8, 2013 12:48 AM

    @No Brainer, is there anything you actually like? Your comments are routinely negative about every film. I don't know how you've already made up your mind that this is not for you based on this trailer. Seriously you'll have share with us what you do like.

  • HOPING | August 7, 2013 12:58 AMReply

    That this piece has a story, this time and isn't just some glorified fashion film like the director's previous work.

  • Radha Blank | August 7, 2013 12:32 AMReply

    I was fortunate enough to experience this film this weekend at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philly (where i also won the screenplay competition. YAAAY!! Guys...you MUST go to Philly for the next one. It was unlike ANY Black film festival I've ever attended. The LOVE. The Black Excellence. The Comraderie and community. And the Legacy Holders...appearances by Spike Lee and Haile Gerima. sigh. Maori Holmes and the BlackStar Film Fest crew are on to something!!!)

    Anyhoo!

    The last time I experienced Bradford's cinematography was in Middle of Nowhere...where the stunning images of Brown people left me...speechless. For the first time in a loooong time, my usual whirling brain which by default tends to rewrite or reframe what im watching...was shut down...i had a completely visceral response, which was an amazing relief to allow a film to just touch me, unfiltered. Well, if Middle of Nowhere left me speechless...the beauty of this film left me filled. I cried during the first ten minutes...it was a beauty i cannot describe. I felt it in my pores and (in building on his work in Middle) felt Bradford's and Dosunmu's deep love for the brown form in a way that shook me to the bone. i was utterly moved. And was also inspired by the terse....sparse dialogue and delicately written plot. Black Excellence.

  • QBN | August 6, 2013 9:59 PMReply

    Danai is a stunningly beautiful Black woman..

  • David | August 7, 2013 3:12 PM

    And that's an understatement!

  • ALM | August 6, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    Infertility is a major issue for so many married women.

    On a side note: Lord, they were working that love scene. I need a cold glass of water.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 6, 2013 8:34 PM

    And that was only just...

  • Shak | August 6, 2013 6:34 PMReply

    Same reaction here - I have to see this!

  • michaboa | August 6, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    Ugh. I NEED to see this.

  • Tonton Michel | August 6, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    This has my attention.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 6, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    You get a glimpse, as only you should, of that stunning opening wedding scene. I can't until more audiences see this film!

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 6, 2013 8:35 PM

    *I can't wait until more audiences*

  • LeonRaymond | August 6, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Not the least surprised. it looks so awesome but not surprised RESTLESS CITY is still in my soul

  • PATTERN | August 6, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    Saw Restless City thanks to AFFRM last year and became an instant fan of Andrew's eye. Looked up his work. All the photography and music videos. He is a master who is far unappreciated!

  • Dre Dizzle | August 6, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    WOW! Looks amazing!

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