[Opening night film]
Opening night reception after 6:45PM showing (must have ticket):
1238 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Opening Night Screening 6:45 PM *SOLD OUT*
Encore Screening at 9:45 PM
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA
(T: Harvard Square)
87 Mins | Narrative | USA
Directed by Sasie Sealy
Q&A with actor Tsai Chin & actor Michael Tow
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an 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 (Wai Ching Ho) 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...suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters (including actor and BAAFF alum, Michael Tow). Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard (Corey Ha) 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 and underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters Lucky Grandma is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.