Los Angeles 1992. “You agreed that we’re not taking in any more kids.” “His mother is in jail we can’t leave that boy out there like that.” ‘King’s follows a foster family, led by Halle Berry as an altruistic foster-mother, that relocates to South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. She gets tangled up in the violence and riots in the city as she desperately tries to find and protect her foster children.
“We’re taking this to the streets. So, you’re in?” “No, she’s not.” Berry plays a tough but protective foster-mother living in South Central L.A who encounters Daniel Craig, who plays one of South Central’s only white residents, who helps Berry’s character track down the kids during the demonstrations.
TIFF official synopsis:
In the English-language debut from writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), a recluse (Daniel Craig) helps a woman (Halle Berry) and her multiple children when riots erupt in Los Angeles following the 1992 acquittal of the policemen charged with assaulting Rodney King.
Millie (Berry) is a hardworking single mom with a soft spot for strays. When ‘Kings’ begins, she already has eight children living in her house and will soon bring home another. Her neighbour Obie (Craig) is the local loose cannon, and the only white man in an area largely inhabited by African-Americans, Latinos, and Koreans. With racial tensions running dangerously high, Millie and Obie would appear to be unlikely allies. Yet following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, these two must navigate the gathering chaos in the city to bring Millie’s kids home safely.
“I got to find my boys. Baby, where is everybody else?” Written and directed by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven with a starring cast that includes Daniel Craig, Halle Berry and Issac Ryan Brown ‘Kings’ focuses on the fragility of family relationships and touches on turmoil and tensions of the past, which sadly prove to be more relevant than ever in today’s social and political climate. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and has a theater release date of April 27, 2018.
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