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by Anna Rose Holmer


Toni, a tomboyish boxer, lands a spot on an after-school drill team in the West End community of Cincinnati. She eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. It’s the joy of her first friendships and her discovery of dance. Shortly after Toni joins the team, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Nobody can explain the mysterious outbreak. These fits soon transform into a rite of passage as the trauma draws the other girls closer together. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

international title: The Fits
original title: The Fits
country: United States, Italy
sales agent: Mongrel International
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Anna Rose Holmer
screenplay: Anna Rose Holmer
cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson, Makyla Burnam, Inayah Rodgers, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.
cinematography by: Paul Yee
film editing: Saela Davis
art director: Charlotte Royer
costumes designer: Zachary Sheets
music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
producer: Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff
production: Biennale College – Cinema [IT], Yes, Ma'am! [US]


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2015 
Sundance Film Festival 2016 

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