Focus Features Picks Up Sundance Award Winner ‘Dìdi’

Focus Features said Wednesday that it has acquired global rights on Sean Wang’s Dìdi, which won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the just-concluded Sundance Film Festival.

Last week, Wang was nominated for an Oscar for his documentary short Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó, which premiered at SXSW last year and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. That movie hits Disney+ and Hulu on February 9.

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Dìdi is set in 2008 in the Bay Area, and a portrait of early millennial first-generation teenagers as seen through the lens of a 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy, played by Izaac Wang (Good Boys, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon). Pic is produced by Carlos López Estrada, Josh Peters, Valerie Bush and Wang. It stars Joan Chen, Shirley Chen and Chang Li Hua.

Dìdi is an Antigravity Academy and Spark Features production with Chris Quintos Cathcart, Tyler Boehm, Robina Riccitiello, Chen, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus, Dave A. Liu and Jennifer J. Pritzker serving as executive producers. It’s the first theatrical release for Estrada’s Antigravity Academy, a production company and talent incubator specializing in creating opportunities for emerging filmmakers.

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