Canadian hip-hop drama Brother, starring Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre and more, is finally coming to US theaters.
The Clement Virgo-directed film, which debuted at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, will come to theaters this summer. The film also stars Kiana Madeira, Lovell Adams-Gray and Marsha Stephanie Blake. Virgo directs from a script based on David Chariandy’s novel of the same name.
Brother takes place in Toronto in the early ’90s, at the height of the hip hop scene. Like the title suggests, the film focuses on two brothers whose life paths alter their relationship. According to the description:
Propelled by the pulsing beats of Toronto’s early hip hop scene, Brother is the story of Francis (Pierre) and Michael (Johnson), sons of Caribbean immigrants maturing into young men. A mystery unfolds during the sweltering summer of 1991, and escalating tensions set off a series of events that change the course of the brothers’ lives forever. Brother crafts a timely story about the profound bond between siblings, the resilience of community and the irrepressible power of music.
“Clement has created one of the very best coming of age films in recent memory masterfully capturing two brothers’ complicated journey over the course of three time periods,” said Vertical partner Peter Jarowey. “The film is textured and seamless, with powerful performances from the actors that produce a provocative portrait of love, loss, regret and grief that is mesmerizing.”
“We’re excited to work with Vertical on the US release of Brother. They have a proven track record of connecting innovative films with audiences who crave original, thought-provoking stories,” said Virgo and Chariandy. “We can’t wait to share Brother with the US this summer through Vertical’s expert curation and marketing.”
Brother is produced by Virgo, Damon D’Oliveira, Sonya Di Rienzo and Aeschylus Poulos. Aaron L. Gilbert, Laurie May, Noah Segal and Steven Thibault executive produce.