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Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy.

Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, The Big Sick features a sterling collection of comedy talent in front of and behind the camera. Having acted in numerous previous Sundance Film Festival selections, Michael Showalter returns this time as a director with a hilariously insightful film that shrewdly puts the spotlight on its writer/star Kumail Nanjiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley). A revered comedian, Nanjiani shines in the lead role, bringing his singular voice to center stage. Mining his personal stories for comedy gold, he shares his experiences that are uniquely Pakistani but will resonate for everyone who has ever fallen in love.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Premieres


RUN TIME 119 min

COMPANY FilmNation Entertainment

WEBSITE http://filmnation.com

EMAIL ssaldana@filmnation.com

PHONE (219) 902-3054


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Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter co-wrote and directed the SXSW Audience Award–winning film Hello, My Name Is Doris, starring Sally Field. He’s a founding member of the comedy groups The State and Stella. Michael's films as an actor include The Baxter, Wet Hot American Summer, and They Came Together. He co-created Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Search Party, and he is currently working on Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.