With a keen eye for human relations and dialogue, director Lulu Wang tells a touching story about family and cultural differences in her debut film The Farewell.
Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina) and the rest of her family travels to China to attend a cousin’s wedding. However, the real reason for the family gathering is to bid farewell to the grandmother, who’s suffering from lung cancer. However, following traditional Chinese customs, the diagnosis is kept away from the grandmother. Billi, who’s grown up in the States, has problems complying with the family’s decision to keep it a secret. The Farewell offers a unique perspective on being caught in the middle of Eastern and Western culture.
Wang has written the script for the film, which is based on real events – and real lies. It’s impressive how Wang manages to take a piece of her own family history to the big screen, and the film has charmed critics and film lovers alike. Awkawafina won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, becoming the first Asian-American actress to win a Golden Globe in a lead actress film category.
The screening Wednesday at 08.30 includes breakfast.