Sundance Institute Presents: The Farewell LA Premiere Hosted by Acura

Event Details

Wednesday, June 26
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. Cocktail hour (open to Directors Package, Patron Package, and Screening + Cocktail Hour Ticket holders)
  • 7:00 p.m. Doors open for screening
  • 7:30 p.m. Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presentation to Lulu Wang and screening of The Farewell, followed by a Q&A
  • 10:00 p.m. After-party

Get a sneak peek of the hilarious, heartwarming, will-probably-make-you-cry story “based on an actual lie” from the real life of writer/director Lulu Wang. After its critically acclaimed debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Farewell topped IndieWire’s critics survey for best film, director, and screenplay.

Come together with the independent film community as we celebrate this visionary filmmaker and honor her with this year’s Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presented by Acura, followed by the LA premiere screening and a true Sundance-style after-party.

Your ticket purchase to this event supports the nonprofit Sundance Institute and our mission to discover and support independent storytellers who inspire and give us new perspectives.

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About the Film

The Farewell


Chucks sentimentality and melodramatics out the window. It’s funny, bittersweet and full of unexpected left turns.

—Rolling Stone

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.

Writer/director: Lulu Wang
Principle cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Rated: PG

What the Critics Are Saying:

Touching and understated, and deftly balanced, veering from serene, observational moments to unexpected bursts of disarming humor.

—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Sincere, and a triumph, inviting audiences to identify with the universal elements in this unusual story of grieving and loss.

—Peter Debruge, Variety

A touching, tender, and hilarious portrait of love based on an actual lie.

—Ethan Anderton, Slash Film

About Lulu Wang

Honoree—Sundance Institute Vanguard Award Presented by Acura


Lulu Wang

We're excited to honor writer/director Lulu Wang with this year’s Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presented by Acura. Born in Beijing, raised in Miami, and educated in Boston, Wang is a classical pianist turned filmmaker who was a 2014 Chaz and Roger Ebert fellow, a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve fellow, a 2017 Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative fellow, and one of Variety’s “10 directors to watch” before premiering The Farewell to rave reviews at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Join us as we recognize her success and celebrate her vision, originality, and spirit as an indie filmmaker to watch.

Tickets & Packages


DIRECTORS PACKAGE—$800

($640 is tax-deductible; package includes access for two)

  • COCKTAIL HOUR access for two
  • RESERVED SEATING for two at the screening
  • AFTER-PARTY access for two
  • FILMMAKER RECEPTION hosted by A24 in Chinatown access for two
  • RECOGNITION on site in digital and print materials
  • COMPLIMENTARY VALET at the theatre

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PATRON PACKAGE—$500

($340 is tax-deductible; package includes access for two)

  • COCKTAIL HOUR access for two
  • RESERVED SEATING for two at the screening
  • AFTER-PARTY access for two
  • RECOGNITION on site in digital and print materials
  • COMPLIMENTARY VALET at the theatre

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SCREENING + COCKTAIL HOUR TICKET—$150

($80 is tax-deductible)

  • COCKTAIL HOUR access for one
  • SCREENING access for one
  • AFTER-PARTY access for one

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SCREENING TICKET—$40

(Item is not tax-deductible)

  • SCREENING access for one
  • AFTER-PARTY access for one

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Parking & Public Transportation


Parking

  • Event valet parking: $30 + tax
  • Self-parking: $10–30 at independent parking lots near the theatre (please note that these spaces are not associated with The Theatre at Ace Hotel or Sundance Institute)

Public Transportation
Nearest Metro Stations

  • 7th/Metro for Red, Purple, and Expo Line (15-minute walk to the theatre)
  • Pershing Square for Red and Purple Line (15-minute walk to the theatre)

Nearest Bus Stops

  • Hill/Olympic (Bus Routes: 2, 4, 28, 83, 90, 91, 94, 302, 728, 794, Dash Downtown D)
  • Hill/9th (Bus Routes: 90, 91, 94)
  • Main/Olympic (Bus Routes: 40, 45, 55, 83, 92, 355, 745)
  • Main/9th (Bus Routes: 66, Dash Downtown D)

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