by | May 22, 2022 | Films

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Fri June 24, 7:00;  Sat June 25, 7:00;  Sun June 26 4:00

Adults, $10 adv, $15 door. Students $8 adv, $15 door.


Director Kate Tsang, USA, Comedy, 2021, 81 min, PG-13

When CWC was offered this film earlier this year, I thought “Another coming of age story, yawn, so what?” But there was buzz from Sundance and Tribeca and sources I trusted recommended Marvelous and the Black Hole.  So I watched the preview screener. My dismissive assumption was flat out wrong. I was intrigued – how do you make a comedy out of grief and pain and create a story that engages the audience throughout? Avoiding spoilers, I can say that Marvelous works quite well, resonating with viewers of all ages.

Writing from her own life experience, Kate Tsang presents a traditional story of a young person coping with grief and anger, in a fresh and original way. With highly creative technique, she mixes levity with the seriousness of moving on with life. It was no accident that Marvelous won the AT&T/Tribeca Film Institute “Untold Stories” competition, receiving $1 Million to finance the film.

In a story that projects resilience and optimism, it is delightful to see sisters Sammy (Miya Cech) and Patricia (Kannon Omachi) break the stereotype of quiet, subservient young Chinese women. Margot (Rhea Perlman) is perfect as the maverick magician who helps Sammy find her way.

ensemble cast

The principal cast spans three generations, matching its diversity – Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, African American and Polish American heritage – with excellent performances topped by the genuine chemistry between Miya Cech and Rhea Perlman.

A crowd-pleasing festival favorite, Kate Tsang artfully gives us believable characters we can root for.  It’s about unexpected friendship; a family in flux; a daughter who learns to make her way in life and reconcile with her father; while also showing that women over 60 still have room to learn and grow. In other words, it reflects reality, something “Marvelous.”

Funny, sometimes sad, but always engaging, Kate Tsang’s directorial feature debut demonstrates how creativity can carry us through the tough times. In our increasingly cynical world, this sincere and moving little gem will lift your spirits.

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♦ Effective June 24, we have amended the proof of Covid-19 vaccination requirement for CWC films at the Garfield Theatre:
♦ Proof of vaccination will not be required for FRIDAY and SATURDAY screenings.
♦ Proof of vaccination is required for SUNDAY screenings.

Masks are welcome throughout the Garfield but not mandatory.


Yen HsiehYen Hsieh (Friday, Sunday)

Yen is currently the honorary board chair of the Asian Community Alliance (ACA), a non-profit serving Asian Americans in the Cincinnati area. The ACA provides many programs and services that address the challenges of multi-generation Asian American families living in the area. Programs such as teen suicide, bullying, parent-child relationship and mental health are presented in workshops, panel discussions, and symposiums.

With a PhD from MIT, Yen is a veteran of Procter & Gamble, with 27 years in research prior to her retirement.  She subsequently founded FlavorDrive, a culinary and food consulting company, focusing on the creation of food prototypes and flavor development.


Mei WangMei Wang (Saturday)
With a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Mei Wang specializes in psychology and behavioral medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.





Abi EsmenaAbi Esmena (Friday)

Abi Esmena was born in Hawaii and transplanted to the Queen City. She is a SAG-Aftra actor with over a decade of experience in front of & behind the camera. She has performed in numerous MainStage theatrical productions such as the Know Theatre’s, Girl in the Red Corner, more than 100 local and national commercials, indie films/series, and was recently seen in theaters as Officer Crain in the 2021 release of the indie thriller, Don’t Tell a Soul.

Abi owns and operates AuditionRoom513, a local acting studio focusing on film-centric training where she coaches actors of all ages.


Ashley Glass (Saturday)

Ashley GlassWith a Masters degree in Public Health from Kent State and Bachelors degree in Public Health Education from U.C., Ashley Glass has been active as a mental health and general healthcare advocate.

Her roles include consultancies, staff positions and volunteer board memberships with organizations such as the Women Helping Women, 4C for Children, Cincinnati Health Department, UC Health, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and others.

As a survivor of domestic violence, she is passionate about mental health, women’s health equity and empowering others to recover from and overcome the adversities faced in life. Ashley owns and operates Black Women Cultivating Change; read more at Linked-In.


Tim Swallow (all screenings)

Timothy SwallowTim operates The Garfield Theatre and is a founder and president of Cincinnati World Cinema, with a 20-year history of film programming and presentation, including world premieres and festivals. Prior to CWC, he spent 20 years as a live events producer, focusing on music, theatre and the arts.

His experience includes management, marketing, finance, IT and event production. Specializing in short film and documentaries, Tim’s passion, and CWC’s mission, is building a film community to experience high-quality international, independent and short-form cinema not otherwise available in this market.

Director Kate Tsang, USA, Comedy, 2021, 81 min, PG-13.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Covid-19 vaccination and masking is recommended but not required for in-theatre admission.

Friday June 24, 7:00
Saturday June 25, 7:00
Sunday June 26, 4:00

Adult Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Student Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.
Students must present a valid current student ID for admission.

Tickets available online via the Tix Button (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

  • June 2022 UPDATE:
    ♦ Effective June 24, we have amended the proof of Covid-19 vaccination requirement for CWC films at the Garfield Theatre:
    ♦ Proof of vaccination will not be required for FRIDAY and SATURDAY screenings.
    ♦ Proof of vaccination will be required for SUNDAY screenings.

    Masks are welcome throughout the Garfield but not mandatory.
  • TERMS OF PURCHASE (In-Theatre):
    Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
    Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


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    For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

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