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A Sneak Preview of ‘The Farewell’

The Virginia Film Festival invites you to
a sneak preview screening of

The Farewell

Monday, July 29, 2019
Violet Crown Charlottesville

The general admission, free screening will start at 7:30 PM.

We are no longer taking advance RSVPs. If you are interest in attending our screening of The Farewell, we encourage you to visit the VAFF table in the lobby of the Violet Crown starting at 6:30 PM tonight, July 29. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Dunnenberger at robertd@virginia.edu


The Farewell
A film by Lulu Wang
98 minutes

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 (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.


The Farewell Trailer from Youtube