Screening: Monday, May 20th, 7:15pm
With Special Guest Lulu Wang!
Written & Directed by Lulu Wang
Starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Diana Lin
Running Time: 98 minutes
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai (grandma), has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad to surreptitiously say their goodbyes.
“The Farewell has some beautiful, truthful things to say about how love persists across the oceans.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“It unearths the universality of complex familial love that defies borders and language barriers.” – Tomris Laffly, Time Out