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LUCKY GRANDMA

Directed by Sasie Sealy
FEATURE NARRATIVE 87 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE LUCKY GRANDMA
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho ) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck—suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard (Corey Ha) from a rival gang and soon finds herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging, and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways, casino buses, and underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters—including Taiwanese breakout talent Corey Ha—Lucky Grandma is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.

—Cara Cusumano
Comedy
About the Director(s)
Sasie Sealy is an award-winning filmmaker known for combining visually striking imagery with charming, playful moments. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, twice taking the short filmmaking prize at Tribeca. Lucky Grandma is her feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    87 minutes
  • Language:
    Cantonese, English, Mandarin
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Sasie Sealy
  • Producer:
    Cara Marcous, Krista Parris
  • Screenwriter:
    Sasie Sealy, Angela Cheng
  • Cinematographer:
    Eduardo Mayen
  • Editor:
    Hye Mee Na
  • Composer:
    Andrew Orkin
  • Executive Producer:
    Gerry Ohrstrom, Siggi Hilmarsson, Peter Gilbert, Eddie Linker, Tsai Chin, Melvin Mar
  • Associate Producer:
    Joanna Lu, Milton Liu
  • Co-Producer:
    Gine Liu, Gilana Lobel
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Penny Jackson
  • Cast:
    Tsai Chin, Corey Ha, Michael Tow, Woody Fu, Wai Ching Ho, Clem Cheung

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Wey Lin
    PMK*BNC
    New York, New York 10017
    Phone: 212 373 6103
    wey.lin@pmkbnc.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Cara Marcous
    Treehead Films Inc.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Phone: 917 494 8133
    cara.marcous@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    Cara Marcous
    Treehead Films Inc.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Phone: 917 494 8133
    cara.marcous@gmail.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Krista Parris
    Parris Pictures
    New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 733 5767
    kristaparris@gmail.com

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