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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 97 MIN | 2010

LUCKY LIFE

Every year, Jason, Alex, and newly married Mark and Karen leave New York for a North Carolina beach house to reconnect and relax. But this year is different: Jason has been diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer, repurposing their trip as a meaningful—yet uncertain—farewell. Sharing laughter and camaraderie in even the most quotidian activities, the friends struggle to conceal their grief and use their disillusionment as an affirmative force. Some time later, as Mark and Karen prepare for the birth of their first child, memories of Jason seep into their new phase of life.

Inspired by the poetry of Gerald Stern, a onetime poet laureate from New Jersey, Lee Isaac Chung's follow-up to the acclaimed Munyurangabo is a sharply observed, soft-spoken rumination on companionship, memory, life, and loss. Steeping the film in woeful hues leavened in baths of light, through wide angels and even archival footage, cinematographers Jenny Lund and Koji Otsuka poignantly capture the ephemeral quality of a moment in progress, and the life that happens in between.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 97 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Daniel O'Keefe, Megan McKenna, Kenyon Adams, Richard Harvell
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Screenwriter: Lee Isaac Chung, Samuel Gray Anderson
Producer: Samuel Gray Anderson
Editor: Lee Isaac Chung
Director of Photography: Jenny Lund, Koji Otsuka
Composer: Bryan Senti
Original Poetry: Gerald Stern
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About the Director(s)
Lee Isaac Chung grew up on a small farm in rural Arkansas. He attended Yale University to study biology but dropped his plans for medical school to pursue filmmaking. His first feature, Munyurangabo, screened at Cannes and Berlin and won the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest.

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