US DRAMATIC SPECIAL JURY AWARD: COLLABORATIVE VISION
SECTION U.S. Dramatic Competition
RUN TIME 97 min
SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles
In a metropolis in the near future, Gwen Koh, a beautiful woman full of poise and grace, works as the spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company that offers a radical new technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when a shift in company priorities threatens her job and her family, will Gwen undergo the procedure herself?
Jennifer Phang returns to the Sundance Film Festival (Half-Life played in 2008) with this fresh, soulful, and sophisticated science fiction that elegantly engages the future of our society, its economies, values, and gender disparity. A haunting and inventive tale that glistens at its center with a penetrating performance by Jacqueline Kim, Advantageous spins an intriguing and entirely tangible emotional fabric of a future society that powerfully resonates with how we live in our world today. —S.F.
Jennifer Phang's award-winning debut feature Half-Life premiered in 2008 at the Tokyo International and Sundance film festivals. It screened at SXSW and was distributed by Sundance Channel. She was invited to Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and was awarded a San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation FilmHouse Residency and Sundance Institute Feature Film Grant. The Berkeley-born daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian father and Vietnamese mother, Phang graduated from the MFA directing program at the American Film Institute.