Opening Night Gala: The Big Sick

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USA | 2017 | 119 Minutes | Michael Showalter

Director Michael Showalter, actor/co-writer Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer Emily V. Gordon scheduled to attend.

Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.


Start the Festival right by attending the Opening Night Gala, the best party of the year, at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. The kick-off event is always a fabulous time, with hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails immediately following the screening.

General Admission:  $75 | $65 Members
Includes admission to the film, entry to the Opening Night Party, and two drink tickets.

Premium Admission: $100 | $90 Members
Includes admission to film, entry to the Opening Night Party, and unlimited drinks.

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Red Carpet Experience: $275 Members/Non-Members
Includes admission to the film with reserved seating, valet parking, a premium gift bag, entry to the Opening Night Party, and unlimited drinks. *This is a fundraiser for SIFF*

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FILM: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
PARTY: Fisher Pavillion (21+)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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7:00 PM Date has passed Director Michael Showalter, actor/co-writer Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer Emily V. Gordon scheduled

Based on the true story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (the film's writers and a real-life couple), The Big Sick depicts the modern culture clash of the Pakistan-born Kumail's relationship with an American woman. What begins as a one-night stand with grad student Emily, expertly played by Zoe Kazan (Meek's Cutoff), quickly blossoms into a real relationship-one complicated by Kumail's traditional Muslim parents. With his parents' expectations resting heavily on his shoulders (they constantly try to set him up with Pakistani women for an arranged marriage) Kumail treads carefully through the world of dating and stand-up comedy. But when Emily suddenly comes down with a mysterious illness, Kumail is forced to deal with the crisis with her own parents, comedically played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. With so much comedy talent in front of and behind the camera, producers Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and director Michael Showalter ("The State," Hello, My Name is Doris) steadily guide us through writer/star Nanjiani's ("Silicon Valley") autobiographical and uniquely Pakistani story of love, fear, and one-man shows.

Director Biography

Michael Showalter is one of the co-founders of the highly influential sketch comedy troupe The State, which had a show on MTV during the '90s, followed by stints in front of and behind the camera with "Stella" and "Michael & Michael Have Issues," both of which aired on Comedy Central. The classic camp comedy Wet Hot American Summer, which he co-wrote with director David Wain, and its television spin-off has made him a cult-favorite American writer, director, and performer. He gained prominence again in 2015 with Hello, My Name is Doris, which he wrote and directed. The Big Sick is his third feature film.

  • Director: Michael Showalter
  • Principal Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 119 Minutes
  • Producer: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
  • Screenplay: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
  • Cinematographers: Brian Burgoyne
  • Editors: Robert Nassau
  • Music: Michael Andrews
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English, Urdu
  • US Distributor: Amazon Studios
  • International Sales: UTA