Wednesday, July 10

Special Events ArchiveSpecial Screenings (previous events)

The Farewell (postponed)

Please Note: Due to an issue with our air conditioning system we must postpone tonight’s screening to Thursday. We regret any inconvenience.

2019 • dir Lulu Wang w/Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Gil Perez-Abraham, Diana Lin, Ines Laimins, Shuzhen Zhao • 98 min • DCP

We are thrilled to invite Brattle members to bring your whole family to a special advance screening of THE FAREWELL – even (or maybe especially) grandma will love this irreverent comedy! A hit at this year’s Sundance and IFFBoston, THE FAREWELL is a funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie from writer/director Lulu Wang’s real life.

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.

Brattle members are invited to bring a group of up to 6 to this special ‘family’ screening. Current members will be emailed a link to RSVP with more details.