All February long, we’re partnering with our friends at Industry City for IC Pop-Up Cinema: free, adults-only screenings of some of the best films of last year. Join us on February 21st for Lulu Wang’s The Farewell!
Lulu Wang | US | 100
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.
RSVP is very much appreciated, but not required. This event is free, 18+ (21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages; no outside alcohol is permitted), and will take place indoors on the Factory Floor in BLDG 1 (entrance on 268 36th Street). Seating is first come, first served for all; RSVP does not guarantee entry.
268 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232