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The Farewell [PG]

Runtime: 100 mins

Distributor: Entertainment Film Distributors

This gently humorous depiction of the white lie in action is a beautiful mix of comedy and melancholy that’s destined for recognition come awards season. Based on an actual lie, The Farewell tells the story of Billi (Awkwafina), a Chinese American, and her relationship with her grandmother, Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhou). It has been kept from Nai Nai, who has cancer, that she has only weeks to live and the family decide to bring the family together to say goodbye under cover of a family wedding. As Billi navigates a minefield of expectations and proprieties, she finds a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, appreciate her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and understand the ties of family and ethnic roots that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

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