Screening followed by a Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani, Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, Co-Writer Emily V. Gordon, Director Michael Showalter, Producers Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.
Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Produced by Judd Apatow p.g.a., Barry Mendel p.g.a.
Directed by Michael Showalter
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani