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Premiere and Buzz Categories are also revealed for the festival that runs June 14-22.
Neon acquired the film following its world premiere in Sundance. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen and Pom Klementieff and joins the previously announced opening night film The Book Of Henry.
Following its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won rave reviews across the board, Kumail Nanjiani‘s acclaimed film The Big Sick has just premiered its new theatrical trailer. Written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, the story of their real-life courtship also stars Anupam Kher, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, and Zoe Kazan. It will be released in theaters by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate on June 23 in select cities followed by a nationwide rollout on July 14.
Check out the brand new trailer of the funny, moving, romantic film!
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the »
- Stacey Yount
Rooftop Films has announced its lineup for the 2017 Summer Series. This year’s series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings in more than 10 venues, including films like Michael Showalter’s Sundance hit “The Big Sick” Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” (dates still Tbd).
The series kicks off on Friday, May 19 with “This is What We Mean by Short Films,” a collection of some of the most innovative, new short films of the past year. The screening will take place on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The following night, Saturday, May 20, Rooftop will present a sneak preview screening of Zoe Lister-Jones’ 2017 Sundance entry, “Band Aid,” free and outdoors at House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The entire lineup so far is below. Tickets are already for sale.
Friday, May 19
“This is What We Mean by Short Films”
Saturday, May 20
- Graham Winfrey
Kumail Nanjiani is best-known for his portrayal of the acerbic Dinesh on HBO’s tech-savvy comedy “Silicon Valley.” But his starring role in the forthcoming feature “The Big Sick,” which he also co-wrote with his wife Emily Gordon, is poised to propel him to big-screen acclaim. One of the breakouts at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and snapped up for distribution by awards contenders Amazon Studios and Lionsgate, the Judd Apatow-produced project subverts expectations of your average rom-com. Based on the real-life romance of Nanjiani, who is Pakistani, and Gordon, the film quickly takes a turn for the unexpected when on-screen Emily (Zoe Kazan) is plagued by an unidentifiable illness. Forced to navigate both the wishes of his own parents, as well as the disapproval from Emily’s (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter), the project is already generating buzz as this summer’s must-see film. With a heavy-hitting »
The Seattle International Film Festival announced its full programming lineup May 3, promising almost a month of exciting premieres and breakout film performances. Beginning May 18 and taking place over 25 days, the 43rd annual festival will feature an ambitious 161 features (plus a four-film “Secret Festival”), 58 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 163 shorts from around the world. Siff 2017 is expected to attract over 150,000 attendees. “This year’s robust line-up includes a wide variety of programs ranging from heartfelt features from comedy favorites to thought-provoking documentaries, as well as once in a lifetime conversations with Hollywood legends,” said the festival’s interim artistic director Beth Barrett in a statement. One of the industry’s largest and most buzzed-about festivals, this year’s event kicks off with the opening night film, “The Big Sick.” An Amazon Studios production, the comedy is co-written by Kumail Nanjiani of “Silicon Valley” and his wife Emily V. Gordon (both of whom »
If one wants to experience the best independent cinema the year has to offer this summer, one of your best bets is the well-curated line-up at Brooklyn’s BAMcinémaFest. They’ve now unveiled this year’s slate for the festival running from June 14-25, including some of of my favorite films of the year thus far (A Ghost Story, Golden Exits, Columbus, Marjorie Prime, and Landline) as well as highly-anticipated others (the SXSW hit Gemini and Stephen Cone‘s Princess Cyd come to mind).
“I’m incredibly proud of the program our team has put together,” says Gina Duncan, Associate Vice President, Cinema. “From the endearing comedy The Big Sick to the micro-budget Princess Cyd and Lemon, the audacious first feature from Janicza Bravo, the line-up truly reflects the breadth of American independent cinema today. Other highlights include the world premiere of Jim McKay’s, En el Séptimo Día an »
- Jordan Raup
Anjelica Huston will receive an honorary award from the festival.
The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) has announced its complete lineup of films, guests, and events for its 43rd annual edition.
This year, Siff will screen 400 films from 80 countries and will including 161 features (plus 4 secret films), 58 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 163 shorts.
The lineup includes 36 world premieres (14 features, 22 shorts), 34 North American premieres (22 features, 12 shorts), and 20 Us premieres (11 features, 19 shorts).
The Big Sick is based on the beginning of co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon’s relationship; the pair also star. The Young Karl Marx follows the titular figure and his wife in exile in Europe, where they meet a man who provides them with the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.
Highlights from the »
Yesterday, a First Trailer was released for The Big Sick, one of the most well regarded films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. This romantic dramedy is the latest to emerge from Park City as a combination potential crowd pleasing success story as well as possible awards hopeful. Sundance has a bit of a knack for launching this sort of movie, and having seen the flick, I can vouch for it being one of the best they’ve birthed in some time. This is a top notch work that deserves every bit of acclaim that it has received so far since January. This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan »
- Joey Magidson
Author: Zehra Phelan
The first trailer for Sundance sensation, The Big Sick has made an appearance, and we’re very happy about it. The romantic comedy looks to break with the norm, removing the requisite sick bag from this genre to give audiences something just a little more real to sink their love filled fangs into.
Related: The Big Sick Sundance 2017 Review
When we say real, the story is actually penned by lead actor Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon who have based the story on their own actual interracial love story. Kumail plays himself and is joined by Zoe Kazan to play Emily. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter play Emily’s parents, who Kumail is forced on in the trailer. The trailer goes from 0-100 real quick with Emily and Kumail just after a one night stand to Kumail attending the hospital after Emily is put into an enforced coma, »
- Zehra Phelan
Amazon and Lionsgate have released the trailer for their upcoming comedy The Big Sick. The film stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano and is directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. Check out the poster, trailer and stills below…
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the »
- Ricky Church
"The most authentic romantic comedy in years..." Amazon has debuted the trailer for Michael Showalter's The Big Sick, the highly acclaimed indie romantic comedy/drama about the real life love story between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to quite a bit of acclaim and rave reviews, though not everyone loved it. I was mixed on it, too long and it doesn't always work, but it has heart and tells a good story. Kumail Nanjiani stars as himself, Kumail, a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian living in Chicago who meets and falls in love with Emily Gordon. Gordon is played by Zoe Kazan, even though the real Emily Gordon only shares a screenwriting credit. The cast includes Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Gordon's parents. You'll definitely be hearing a lot about this, so take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster »
- Alex Billington
A popular (and legitimate) knock against the movie industry today is that big-budget blockbusters are squeezing out smaller, independent films. Put another way, Hollywood math favors massive spectacles that fill stadium seating; consequently, there's simply less opportunity for lower-budgeted personal or human stories that explore relationships, culture, and society. Even though indies are far cheaper to make, they don't yield remotely the same level of revenue. Stupid math!
Fortunately, the emergence of cash-flush, independent studios like Netflix and Amazon -- who've cultivated diverse, niche audiences -- are bucking the status quo. They're betting that multi-platform, worldwide streaming services are the secret sauce to unlocking success in smaller films, which the monolithic, risk-averse studios wouldn't otherwise touch. It's a huge win for film buffs and cinema lovers, who maybe aren't seeing their interests reflected in the typical summer or holiday fare.
Related: Soon You Will Be Able To Choose Your Own »
- David Kozlowski
The Big Sick went over big at Sundance, where many critics praised it as a genuinely emotional twist on standard romantic comedy cliches. In our review, we said, “In every conceivable way is this film a crowd-pleaser, pushing you to laugh and laugh until you cry.”
Produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Stella and Wet Hot American Summer alumnus Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is based on the real-life relationship between Nanjiani and Gordon, with Nanjiani playing a version of himself while Zoe Kazan stands in for Gordon. The couple go from a one-night stand into something more serious, to the chagrin of Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Things are complicated further when Emily is stricken with a mysterious illness, forcing Kumail to deal with the medical crisis alongside Emily’s parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
When it »
- The Film Stage
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Photo by Nicole Rivelli.
- Melissa Thompson
“Can you imagine a world in which we end up together?” “I don’t know.” Such is the relationship between Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and Emily (Zoe Kazan) in The Big Sick, Michael Showalter’s romantic dramedy that’s based on a true story. He’s a Pakistani comic; she’s a grad student. “A white girl?!” his stunned buddy blurts out when he hears of the goings-on. Things are more than a little rocky, but then she is hospitalized with a mysterious illness, and Kumail is there… »
The film, written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, presents a fictionalized account of Nanjiani’s real life courtship with Gordon, which was unexpectedly interrupted when she fell ill. The film also covers the challenges the couple faced from both sides of their family, as his conservative Muslim parents expected him to enter into an arranged marriage and, according to the trailer, her parents faced some trouble accepting him as part of her life.
The trailer begins with Gordon (Zoe Kazan) attempting to leave Nanjiani’s apartment presumably after a one-night stand, only to find that the nearest Uber driver is, in fact, the man in the room. The couple breaks up after »
- Erin Nyren
Amazon Studios just dropped the much-anticipated trailer for the Sundance sensation “The Big Sick,” Michael Showalter’s hilarious and touching look at romance and clashing cultures. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“The Big Sick” tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, »
- Graham Winfrey
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Exclusive: Jcc Manhattan’s 5th Annual Israel Film Center Festival announced its complete line-up of feature films from acclaimed Israeli filmmakers. The festival, which highlights Israel’s latest groundbreaking cinema and also features conversations among industry creative, runs June 8 – 13, 2017 with two pre-festival previews on May 21, and May 23, at Jcc Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.
Highlights of this year’s film line-up include the New York premieres of Meni Yaish’s “Our Father,” Erez Tadmor’s “Home Port,” Roee Florentin’s “Mr. Predictable,” and a special preview of “Aida’s Secrets,” set to open in theaters in the fall. Most films included in this year’s slate are New York premieres.
This year’s festival includes popular films coming out of Israel’s industry. “Most »
- Kate Erbland
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Today — 19 indie standouts and festival favorites (including exciting new offerings from some of our favorite directors, from Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola to Edgar Wright) bound for a big screen near you.
Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview
“The Lovers,” May 5
The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs, »
- Anne Thompson, Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf
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A number of high-profile Sundance and Tribeca films will get screenings at the Nantucket Film Festival, which announced its opening and closing night and centerpiece films as well as its full feature program.
Lionsgate/Amazon Studios' Sundance sensation The Big Sick will be the opening night film. The rom-com was directed by Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, based on Gordon and Nanjiani's real-life relationship.
Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, will serve as the closing night film. An Inconvenient Sequel, which also premiered »
- Hilary Lewis
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