FAREWELL, THE (2019)
Awkwafina won the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her performance as Billi, a woman born in China, but raised in New York City, who returns to Changchun along with her extended family to visit grandmother Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao), who has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rather than trouble their beloved matriarch, the family keeps the diagnosis a secret from her, instead gathering under the guise of a hastily planned wedding between one of the grandchildren and his Japanese girlfriend. After premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Lulu Wang's dramedy, "based on an actual lie," became one of the year's most heartwarming sleeper hits. DIR/SCR Lulu Wang; PROD Anita Gou, Daniele Tate Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Chris Weitz, Jane Zheng. U.S., 2019, color, 98 min. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. RATED PG
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