SFFL 2019: The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang
Starring: Awkwafin a, Diana Lin, Tzi Ma, Lu Hong, Zhao Shuzhen
Duration: 98 min

European Premiere

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 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 of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, 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 doesn’t 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 (anchored by a breakout performance by Awkwafina) 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.

Director Lulu Wang will be in attendance.

Club and Group screenings

Sat 1st Jun Sundance Film Festival: London.
Sat 1st Jun Sundance Film Festival: London.
Sun 2nd Jun Sundance Film Festival: London.
Sun 2nd Jun 19.00 Sundance Film Festival: London.

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