The Farewell



Coolidge Corner Theatre Wed, May 1, 2019 7:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Narrative Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lulu Wang



Expected to be in attendance: Writer/Director Lulu Wang

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, CRAZY RICH ASIANS) 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 where our cultural heritage does and does not travel with us. Writer/director Lulu Wang (POSTHUMOUS, IFFBoston 2015) imbues THE FAREWELL with warmth and knowing wit, while the uniformly excellent ensemble cast (anchored by Awkwafina’s breakout performance) 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.

Screening Supported by:
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Boston Women's Film Festival