An advance screening of "The Farewell" (PG; 98 mins)is planned at The Picture House tonight, Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. The film was nominated and won multiple awards at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
After its critically acclaimed debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, "The Farewell" topped IndieWire’s critics’ survey for best film, director, and screenplay.
In this funny, uplifting tale based on the real life of writer/director Lulu Wang — who was honored with the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award —Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians) 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.
"The Farewell" will premiere exclusively at The Picture House two days prior to its national theatrical release on July 11th.
Tickets to the advance screening are $15/general admission, $12/students, seniors, and members and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office.