The Farewell is a funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie. In the new film, 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, 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.
For your chance to win an admit-2 pass to the advance screening in Denver on, Tuesday, July 16 at the Landmark Greenwood Village at 7 p.m., e-mail A24PromosDen@Gmail.com. Include your full name and birthdate, and type FAREWELL MHOTC in the subject line to qualify.
Entry deadline is Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Winners will be contacted via e-mail on Monday. One entry per household.