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, 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.
" It isn’t always easy to have each leg in two different cultures. On one hand you understand too much and on the other hand you don’t understand enough. In the comedy-drama ‘The Farewell’ we meet Chinese-American Bille, who both act like a virtuous Chinese daughter and an independent young American woman. One day Billi is told that her beloved grandmother is dying, but that no one is going to tell the grandmother. Even though Billi doesn’t agree with the decision she comes along to China to the wedding which is actually a hidden goodbye party to the grandmother. In the role as Billi we find Awkwafina, who has already won a Golden Globe for her role in ‘The Farewell’. The movie premieres in Danish Cinema on the 16th of April. "