The Farewell Director Lulu Wang Sits Down With FlickDirect
Jul 13, 2019 10:46 PM EST
The Farewell Director, Lulu Wong, sat down with FlickDirect Correspondent Allison Rose to discuss Family, Chinese Culture, casting Awkwafina, and the symbolism in the film.
ABOUT THE FAREWELLIn 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 (grandma), 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.
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