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The Big Sick. 2017. USA. Directed by Michael Showalter. 120 min.
Part of the series The Contenders 2017

The Big Sick, and Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Holly Hunter, and Michael Showalter

Tuesday Dec 12, 2017 7:30 PM This is a past program
Life is hard enough for a fledgling stand-up comedian but try to imagine what it’s like to be one from a traditional Pakistani American household. Kumail Nanjiani plays a version of himself in this fictional tale co-written with his real-life wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual and drama-filled courtship. Expected to pursue a "normal" career and marry a Pakistani woman, Kumail must defy his family on both fronts. A surprise hit in the box office, this romantic comedy traverses the complex world of identity politics, cultural difference, and family conflicts with no shortage of heart-warming humor. 

A Q&A with Kumail NanjianiEmily V. Gordon, Holly Hunter, and director Michael Showalter follows the screening.


The Big Sick. 2017. USA. Directed by Michael Showalter. 120 min. Courtesy of Amazon Studios.


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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, producer, film exhibitions and projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter. Additional media support is provided by Time Out L.A.