HIFF Virtual Cinema: Watch LUCKY GRANDMA + Virtual Red Carpet Premiere & Live Q&A w/ Director

By HIFF News | May 22, 2020

It’s “Nai Nai” weekend! HIFF is honored to present LUCKY GRANDMA as part of HIFF Virtual Cinema! A big hit at #HIFF39. the Festival is excited to participate in the Hawai‘i commercial release of the film! Stay home, stay healthy and rent a film in our very own online multiplex. HIFF receives 50% of every ticket sold. It is a great way to support us during this time and see new films!

LUCKY GRANDMA Synopsis:
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, 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 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…and suddenly attracting the attention of some Chinese gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right 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 underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters (including Taiwanese movie star Corey Ha) LUCKY GRANDMA is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.

In addition to the film’s release, which is now available on the HIFF Virtual Cinema website, you can also celebrate the film’s release in virtual cinemas across the country by “attending” the Virtual Red Carpet starting today at 11:30am HST. Click on the graphic to join the live Youtube feed. More info below:

Thanks for joining us in conversation with LUCKY GRANDMA director Sasie Sealy on Zoom and/or Facebook Live. If you missed it, watch it here.

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To view more films, head over to HIFF Virtual Cinema. Rent a film and support the Festival’s mission to present international cinema in Hawai‘i!