LUCKY LIFE
LuckyLife
2010
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A group of friends travels to the beach to encourage Jason, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. The journey is rooted in nostalgia and desire for a meaningful farewell, although the friends avoid the subject of Jason's illness. Some time later, as Mark and Karen plan to have a child, the beach trip lingers as a haunting memory in their new phase of life ... Inspired by the poetry of Gerald Stern. From the director of the award-winning MUNYURANGABO.

USA/Hong Kong | 2010 | English | 97 minutes

Starring: Megan McKenna, Daniel O'Keefe, Richard Harvell, and Kenyon Adams

"...[a] meditative, lyrical, and yet hauntingly familiar look at the elusive nature of memory among day-to-day experiences. ...I was mesmerized by it." -Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

"there's not a shred of irony in Chung's authorial voice. The film's main concerns - How does one remain hopeful in the face of suffering? How can the artist transform the stuff of life into a harbinger of beauty and grace? - were heavy subjects when Tarkovsky tackled them, and they're heavy now. The slightest wink to the audience would cripple Lucky Life, and it's to Chung's great credit that this deceptively ambitious film maintains its balance through to the final shot." -Darren Hughes, Long Pauses

"Lucky Life was a poem before it was a movie. Thus it makes perfect sense that the film works more like poetry than prose. And there is life, suspense, terror, mystery, and majesty burning in every scene." -Jeffrey Overstreet, Image Journal

Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Writers: Samuel Gray Anderson and Lee Isaac Chung
Producers: Samuel Gray Anderson and Lee Isaac Chung
Cinematography: Jenny Lund and Koji Otsuka
Sound: Greg Sextro
Composer: Bryan Senti
Additional Music: Matt Croasmun
Production Design: Valerie Chu

Festivals
Festival de Cannes - Cinefondation L'Atelier
Tribeca International Film Festival - Competition
Torino International Film Festival - Onde
Milwaukee Film Festival
Bratislava International Film Festival - Competition
Moscow International Film Festival
Museum of Modern Art PS 1 - Summer Film Series