Farewell, The

In a poignant film about a dying matriarch that starts with a lie and winds up with an emotional look at what being family truly means, THE FAREWELL is the sophomore feature film effort from director Lulu Wang (Posthumous). Awkwafina stars as Billi, a young Chinese-American woman whose family congregates in Changchun, China, to celebrate a wedding – but it’s all a ruse. The family matriarch, Billi’s grandmother Nai-Nai, is dying, and Nai-Nai doesn’t know: the family have gathered to give them an excuse to be all together one last time.

Tackling familial expectations, the meaning of home and whether “a good lie” makes someone leaving any easier, THE FAREWELL is a study of the divide of culture in how families function when protecting one of their own. Based on Wang’s real life experiences of her own grandmother, it’s a story of how we can be one in ourselves, yet part of a greater whole as a family.

Some Mandarin language with English subtitles.

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Commences Thursday, 5 Sep 2019
Rating CTC
Genre To Be Advised
Running Time 110
Language
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