Directed by: Lulu Wang
Total Runtime: 98 min
Country of Origin: USA/China
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2019, Winner Directors to Watch, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019
After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi (Awkwafina) rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes. A heartfelt celebration, The Farewell masterfully interweaves a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a thoughtful exploration of how our cultural heritage does and does not travel with us when we leave our homes. Writer/director Lulu Wang imbues The Farewell with warmth and knowing wit, while the uniformly excellent ensemble cast invites us to share this extended clan’s joy and sorrow—and to feel, for the length of this remarkable film, like a part of their family. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles.