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Film by Lecturer Connie Tsang Selected for Cannes Critics’ Week

Blue Sun Palace is the only US film in the selection.

Cannes Critics’ Week takes place alongside the main Cannes Film Festival and presents first and second feature films from emerging directors.

Blue Sun Palace, the first feature film by Chinese American writer and director Connie Tsang, is one of seven selected for the Feature Film competition from a record 1,050 submissions—and the only US selection. The 63rd edition of Cannes Critics Week takes place May 15–23.

Blue Sun Palace (2024)

A sudden loss catalyzes an unlikely bond between two migrants in the Chinese community of Queens. Navigating lives far from home and the painstaking labor that supports them, they journey through grief together in hopes of finding family.

“As humble and dignified as its characters, this first, realistic and intimate, film sheds light on a community that is little seen,” said Ava Cahen, Critics’ Week’s artistic director.

Cannes Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) is organized by the French Union of Film Critics, which is composed of more than 300 critics, writers, and journalists. 

Still from Blue Sun Palace (2024), directed by Connie Tsang, Lecturer in Film.