The Farewell

The Farewell
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lulu Wang
  • Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Shuzhen Zhao
  • Language: English, Mandarin

When a Chinese grandmother gets terminal cancer, the family is torn between hiding the diagnosis from the patient or telling her. Poignant and deeply personal family comedy from Wang, with a hugely affecting performance from rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina as Billi, who adores her Nai Nai (Zhao, effervescent). A bittersweet portrait of undying love.

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The Farewell (Pg) (Fisheye Film Festival)

International Arthouse FilmComedy Drama in Mandarin (subtitled) EnglishUSA ChinaWatch the trailerThis Award winning film, written and directed by Lulu Wang, isan utter delight, a feel good film about a tough subject.Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina (Golden Globe winning actress this year) plays a headstrong Chinese-American woman who returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her familys decision to keep grandma in the dark about as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.As an enhancement to this event, we are delighted to welcome one of our film jurors, Vivian Zheng to introduce her work with Chinese filmmakers and present a short film.

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The Farewell

31 May 20194 stars

Sundance London 2019: Grief and culture clashes power this heartfelt comedy drama from Lulu Wang

The family comedy is given a poignant new twist in Lulu Wang's deeply personal tale of grief and cultural clashes, inspired by her Chinese grandmother's diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in 2013. It's a subject that Wang talked about on an episode of…

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