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“What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me…?” Can a poet and a pragmatist fall in love? What if they only have 24 hours to find out?

Something like love at first sight has struck Daniel Bae, but he soon learns he has just one day to not only get Natasha Kingsley to fall for him, but to convince her that romantic love exists in the first place. One day. Because tomorrow she could be gone.

In The Sun Is Also a Star, opposites attract against the backdrop of one of the busiest and most vibrant cities in the world: New York. And in a city of more than eight million people, what are the odds that anyone will find the one…or that their paths will even cross?

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Sparks fly

College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, The Sun Is Also a Star explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.

Award-winning director

The film stars Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) as Natasha and Charles Melton (Riverdale) as Daniel, along with John Leguizamo (John Wick: Chapter 2).

Directed by Ry Russo-Young (Before I Fall), the film is based on the acclaimed bestseller by Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon. The Sun Is Also a Star was #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and has received multiple accolades, including: 2016 National Book Award Finalist; Amazon’s Best Book of 2016 in YA; Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016 in YA; the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016; and Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2016.

“When I approach any project, I look for what makes it different, or special—why we need to tell the story now,” says director Ry Russo-Young. “With this story, I felt that urgency, that ticking clock. I also grew up in New York City, roamed those streets, and fell in love there, so it was personal to me. And to tell an immigrant love story that plays out in one of the most diverse cities in the world was perhaps the most exciting to me, creatively.”

The Sun Is Also a Star  opens in Cinemas 7 June!

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Law of attraction vs U.S deportation

The film pits the law of attraction against a U.S. deportation law that will, in just 24 hours, put the character of Natasha and her entire family on a plane to Jamaica, away from everything she knows and loves, everything she considers home.

States producer Leslie Morgenstein, “The Sun Is Also a Star has the timeless theme of first love, but is also very topical, weaving in the subject of immigration and deportation with what it’s like to be young in America. Ry brought her incredible passion to this story and was also excited to bring New York alive in a way that would be new for audiences.”

Producer Elysa Koplovitz Dutton adds, “Ry’s vision for turning this timely modern story into a film with classic appeal was something that immediately appealed to us. Immigration is one of the most relevant topics of our time and Nicola’s ability to create the story of a budding relationship within the context of this powerful and emotional issue is urgent and very real.”

(c) 2019 WBEI & MGM. All Rights Reserved. CHARLES MELTON and YARA SHAHIDI on the set


Nicola Yoon, upon whose novel the film is based, was inspired by the serendipity of her own relationship in creating the characters—though she and her husband did not meet at such a problematic time as Natasha and Daniel.

“We did not meet whilst I was being deported, or anything like that,” Yoon confirms. “But I’m Jamaican-American and my husband is Korean-American, like Natasha and Daniel, and we did have a lot of the conversations that I included in the book. We talked about philosophical things and I was always the one asking, ‘What does it really mean?’ which, I’m sure, was kind of annoying. And we did go to karaoke a lot,” she smiles. “My husband is a great singer, and so is Daniel.”

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Screening Information

Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019

Time: 8pm



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