Credits

Lulu Wang
Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

WFFA : The Farewell (Based On An Actual Lie)

Jan 14th
7:30 pm
|
€9 |

100 minutes  |  USA  |  2019  |  PG


★★★★★ One of the best films of the year so far.…It’s wonderful stuff from start to finish …Paul Whitington, The Irish Independent

When Billi’s family learn that her beloved grandmother, Nai-Nai, has been given mere months to live, they hastily stage a family wedding to facilitate a gathering in China. But they refuse to tell Nai-Nai about her illness.

The Farewell is a humorous and moving story of inter-generational family dynamics.

Billi, who was born in China but has been raised in the US, struggles with this deception – she must deal with her own frustration at the family’s refusual to tell Nai-Nai the truth, as well as her sorrow at the prospect of losing her grandmother. Returning to China for the first time since her childhood, Billi also faces a broader clash of cultures, which leads to further tensions and bewilderment.

 

Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival 2019

Galway Film Fleadh 2019

Awards:

Winner Audience Favourite, Sundance Film Festival: London 2019

★★★★ As gifted a writer as she is at creating playful, visually layered frames, Wang is constantly juggling clashes – of cultures, of tragedy and joy. … Ultimately, it’s all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie‘’ Wendy Ide, The Observer


 

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