Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae
Synopsis: On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
Why Open: Finally! An interracial couple where both members are people of color–and funny.
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Cast: Zoe Chao, Sonal Shah, Ren Holly Liu
Synopsis: A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers.
Cast: Orion Lee
Synopsis: Set in 1820s Pacific Northwest during the birth of America. Two men become friends and business partners.
Host: Padma Lakshmi
Synopsis: In Taste the Nation, award-winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity and our history – ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.
Director: Isabel Sandoval
Cast: Isabel Sandoval (“Señorita”) – Olivia
Ivory Aquino (“When We Rise,” “When They See Us”) – Trixie
Synopsis: An undocumented trans woman (Isabel Sandoval) becomes romantically involved with a Russian-Jewish slaughterhouse worker (Eamon Farren, “The Witcher”) in Coney Island.
Why Open: Acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, LINGUA FRANCA made history at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival Venice Days program as the first film directed and starring an openly trans woman of color to screen in competition.
Cast: Dev Patel, Phaldut Sharma, Peter Singh, Jairaj Varsani, Benedict Wong
Synopsis: A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.