After his mother’s death, 15-year-old Michael is sent to his aging grandfather. But during a road trip, the two develop a relationship they never had.

The emotional gulf between the traumatized boy and cantankerous old man is immense, but during a road trip across South Africa’s Northern Cape to reunite Michael with his estranged father, a relationship of understanding and trust slowly emerges.

After going their separate ways, the two reunite a year later, and through one final unexpected journey, the King men finally come to realize a true sense of love and belonging in each other.

Based in part on director Tristan Holmes’ relationship with his grandfather, THE FRAGILE KING is a powerful tale of heartbreak, healing and self-discovery.

“The Fragile King is a beautifully understated film about relationships and the responsibility of family.” – Film Threat.

The Fragile King has garnered festival acclaim since it release

  • WINNER: Best Director, New Renaissance Film Festival
  • WINNER: Best International Feature, Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
  • WINNER: Best International Feature and Best Actor (Andrew Buckland), Overcome Film Festival
  • WINNER: Best International Narrative Feature, Chandler International Film Festival
  • NOMINEE: Best Picture and Best Director, Winter Film Awards
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: The South African Independent Film Festival

2022 / Drama / 90 Minutes / English Language / A film by Student Academy Award Winner Tristan Holmes.


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