First Look at Awkwafina in A24 + Lulu Wang’s The Farewell

First Look at Awkwafina in A24 + Lulu Wang's The Farewell

A24 presents a film directed by Lulu Wang entitled The Farewell, a poignant and funny movie based on an actual lie.

The film is a touching, heartfelt story of life, family and enjoying every moment. Continue on to watch The Farewell trailer has the latest movie from A24 and writer/director Lulu Wang which stars Awkwafina in one of her best roles yet.

The Farewell follows the story of a Chinese-American woman named Billi, who goes to China after her grandmother, Nai Nai has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Billi’s family chose to keep the illness from Nai Nai due to a Chinese saying. In order to get the family together without the matriarch knowing the real reason for the sudden gathering, they’ve organized a sham wedding as an excuse to spend time with her before she dies.

The film’s story was based on Wang’s own family experience that she first shared on an episode of This American Life.

The Farewell stars Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians) as Billi, Tzi Ma as Haiyan, Diana Lin as Jian, Zhao Shuzhen as Nai Nai, Lu Hong as Little Nai Nai, and Jiang Yongbo as Haibin.

First Look at Awkwafina in A24 + Lulu Wang's The Farewell


In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

It was produced by Big Beach’s Peter Saraf, Marc Turteltaub, and Dani Melia, and Anita Gou along with Depth of Field’s Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano. Eddie Rubin executive produced the film. A24 has successfully acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film, beating out Netflix, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight.

The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival last January 25.

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