The trailer for the highly anticipated movie “The Farewell” is out. The movie written and directed by Lulu Wang was a big hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It sold for $7 million dollars to A24 after an intense bidding war between studios. The movie stars Awkwafina as “Billi,” a Chinese American writer, who goes back to China to see her dying grandmother who doesn’t know she’s dying. “Chinese people have a saying, when people get cancer they die,” Billi’s mother says in the trailer.
The movie is based on the real-life experience of Lulu Wang. When Wang’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, her family kept the diagnosis from her. They, instead, staged an eleborate wedding so the family could get together to secretly say their final farewells.
“It’s based on something that happened in real life. In 2013, my grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and given only three months to live … In China, doctors tell family members the diagnosis, but don’t tell the patient,” she told Park Record. “So since we all live abroad, we need an excuse for all of us to see her in a way so she wouldn’t get suspicious as to why we all rushed home. So they forced my cousin to get married to his girlfriend as a way for us to all see her and to celebrate the marriage of her only grandson.”
Check out the trailer below.
“The Farewell” got rave reviews by critics when it premiered at Sundance. It was a standout hit and praise was heaped on Awkwafina who took on a more dramatic role. The film also stars Tzi Ma, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Diana Lin, and Jiang Yongbo, according to A24.
The film is mostly in Mandarin with a little English. “The Farewell” will hit theaters on July 12, 2019.