The Farewell (PG)

Director Lulu Wang Comedy/Drama

Comic dynamo Awkafina gives a fantastic dramatic performance in Lulu Wang’s award-winning new film, rapturously received by critics. Both funny and melancholy, graceful, sophisticated and extraordinarily moving, The Farewell is based on a true story and sees Awkafina play New Yorker Billi, who returns to China when she’s told her beloved grandmother Nai Nai has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But their farewell is complicated by the fact that her family aren’t planning to tell Nai Nai she is dying – and Billi is asked to take part in the ruse.

Starring Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

A good film one to see. It is hard to watch in some places but really well put together.

A fascinating film.

Charming, tender, poignant and funny. Offers an interesting comparison between Western and traditional Chinese approaches to death and dying.

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