Wednesday, June 26
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
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.
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
What the Critics Are Saying:
—Eric Kohn, IndieWire
—Peter Debruge, Variety
—Ethan Anderton, Slash Film
Honoree—Sundance Institute Vanguard Award Presented by Acura
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.
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