Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

tags: Comedy, Cultural Conflict, Love, Feature film

Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano


Screenplay: Emily V. Gordon

Original Material: Kumail Nanjiani

Director of Photography: Brian Burgoyne

Film Editor: Robert Nassau

Composer: Michael Andrews

Production Designer: Brandon Tonner-Connolly

Costume Design: Sarah Mae Burton

Producer: Judd Apatow

Production Company: FilmNation Entertainment

Co-Producer: Amanda Glaze

Co-Production Company: Apatow Productions, Story Ink

Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH

Director: Michael Showalter


Michael Showalter, born 1970, is a director, writer and comedian. He co-founded Comedy troupes The State and Stella. His first TV assignment was series YOU WROTE IT, YOU WATCH IT (1992). In 2005, he had his feature film debut THE BAXTER. HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS starring Sally Field won the Audience Award at SXSW 2015 in Austin.