One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure, which had its premiere in the Sundance shorts program section, follows a lonely Czech refugee who paints an all-too-appealing picture of her American life, as she writes a letter begging an organization to send a Cambodian refugee family to resettle in her new “dreamland” hometown: Fargo, North Dakota.
“I wish I could say that it was actually like motivated by our political climate right now because I think the film is actually kind of a good answer to what’s happening right now and how divisive everything’s coming, said writer/director A.M. Lukas (aka Anna Martemucci) during her time at Deadline’s Sundance studio. “But it really was sort of born out of just wanting to write a story about my mother and then it’s a complete coincidence that it speaks to where we are right now.”
Lukas was joined by star Emily Mortimer who, despite some setbacks with the film, stuck with Lukas throughout the project.
“This character I found very poetic and the world so specific and it was funny as well as being really about something,” said Mortimer. “As we were saying, it speaks to this moment so amazingly… it speaks to a time in America when the idea of bringing refugees from other countries was a kind of noble one. That was what defined what was good about them being an American.”
Added Mortimer, “It managed to speak to all the politics but in a way that was very not on the nose and not polemic and just entertaining.”
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