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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

LUCKY LIFE

Directed by Isaac Chung
FEATURE NARRATIVE 97 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE LUCKY LIFE

Every year, Jason, Alex, and newly married Mark and Karen leave New York for a North Carolina beach house to reconnect and relax. But this year is different: Jason has been diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer, repurposing their trip as a meaningful—yet uncertain—farewell. Sharing laughter and camaraderie in even the most quotidian activities, the friends struggle to conceal their grief and use their disillusionment as an affirmative force. Some time later, as Mark and Karen prepare for the birth of their first child, memories of Jason seep into their new phase of life.

Inspired by the poetry of Gerald Stern, a onetime poet laureate from New Jersey, Lee Isaac Chung's follow-up to the acclaimed Munyurangabo is a sharply observed, soft-spoken rumination on companionship, memory, life, and loss. Steeping the film in woeful hues leavened in baths of light, through wide angels and even archival footage, cinematographers Jenny Lund and Koji Otsuka poignantly capture the ephemeral quality of a moment in progress, and the life that happens in between.

Drama
About the Director(s)
Lee Isaac Chung grew up on a small farm in rural Arkansas. He attended Yale University to study biology but dropped his plans for medical school to pursue filmmaking. His first feature, Munyurangabo, screened at Cannes and Berlin and won the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Daniel O'Keefe, Megan McKenna, Kenyon Adams, Richard Harvell
  • Director:
    Lee Isaac Chung
  • Screenwriter:
    Lee Isaac Chung, Samuel Gray Anderson
  • Producer:
    Samuel Gray Anderson
  • Editor:
    Lee Isaac Chung
  • Director of Photography:
    Jenny Lund, Koji Otsuka
  • Composer:
    Bryan Senti
  • Original Poetry:
    Gerald Stern

Contacts
  • Sales Company
    Clément Duboin
    UMedia - Urban Media International
    Montreuil, 93100
    Phone: + 33 1 4870 7318
    clement@umedia.fr
  • Press Contact
    Samuel Anderson
    Almond Tree Films, LLC
    New York, NY 11372
    sam@almondtreefilms.com
  • Submitter
    Frederic Corvez
    U Media
    Montreuil S/bois, f-93100
    Phone: 33 1 48 70 73 07
    frederic@umedia.fr
  • Sales Contact
    Eric Schnedecker
    UMEDIA
    Montrreuil S/bois, 93100
    Phone: +33 6 30 72 72 27
    eric@umedia.fr
  • Sales Company
    Clément Duboin
    UMedia - Urban Media International
    Montreuil, 93100
    Phone: + 33 1 4870 7318
    clement@umedia.fr
  • Press Contact
    Samuel Anderson
    Almond Tree Films, LLC
    New York, NY 11372
    sam@almondtreefilms.com
  • Submitter
    Frederic Corvez
    U Media
    Montreuil S/bois, f-93100
    Phone: 33 1 48 70 73 07
    frederic@umedia.fr
  • Sales Contact
    Eric Schnedecker
    UMEDIA
    Montrreuil S/bois, 93100
    Phone: +33 6 30 72 72 27
    eric@umedia.fr

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