Everyone knows that dying is the best thing that can happen to an artist, but what happens if everyone just thinks you’ve died. Lulu Wang’s romantic comedy “Posthumous” explores that premise, focusing on a struggling artist who’s mistakenly thought to have committed suicide. The film stars Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire,” “American Hustle”) as the artist in question whom the public believes is dead. He decides to keep up the charade and pose as his brother, but when he meets a reporter, played by Brit Marling (“Another Earth,” “The Keeping Room”), his plan falls into jeopardy, especially after they start falling for each other. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Wang says that while she and her team “set out to make a classic romantic-comedy,” “Posthumous” isn’t a story “about two people falling in love,” but rather “a journey of learning to love the artist in yourself.” She continues, “Growing up in an immigrant household, I always felt pressured to prove myself, like I needed to help justify the sacrifices my parents made in coming to this country. I never felt the freedom to take risks, to fail…which, ironically, are both things my parents had to embrace in order to build a new life in a new country. In that sense, immigrants are total romantics, but they also carry a lot of fear. ‘Posthumous’ is an exploration of the two halves of myself that are always at war – the romantic and the pragmatist.”
“Posthumous” is currently available now on Amazon Video and On Demand.