Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to filmmaker Emily Ting’s second directorial feature Go Back to China, which made its world premiere in competition at SXSW Film Festival earlier this year.
The film will have a limited theatrical release in select cities from March 6, 2020, simultaneous with a wide cross-platform VOD release.
The semi-autobiographical film follows Sasha Li, a spoiled rich girl (played by YouTube star Anna Akana) who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life altering journey of self discovery, as she learns the business from the ground up and reconnects with her estranged family in the process. Hilarious and heartfelt, the film offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.
“I had an amazing time partnering up with Gravitas on my first film Alrady Tomorrow in Hong Kong, and I am ecstatic to be working with them again to bring his extremely personal film to audiences worldwide,” says filmmaker Emily Ting.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Emily again on her charming and hilarious fish out of water comedy, and look forward to presenting it to audiences worldwide,” said Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.
Veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, and Kelly Hu co-star in the film produced by Ting, Sophia Shek, and Frederick Thornton. Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill serve as Executive Producers.
The distribution deal for Go Back to China was negotiated by Tony Piantedosi, Vice President of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, and Eric Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.