A year to remember.
Release Date: July 12, 2019 Director: Lulu Wang Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Shuzhen Zhao The opening title card of the film begins with a simple phrase: Based on an actual lie. Most movies based on true events normally open with a precursor indicating such, and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is everything but a lie. With an incredible ensemble cast portraying real life characters in real life dilemmas in both bold and nuanced ways, The Farewell delightfully succeeds in drawing out real life in the most sheer and intimate of ways. In a revelatory role to be remembered come Oscar season, Awkwafina stars in this family drama as Billi, the sole granddaughter of Nai Nai (portrayed in grand measure by Shuzhen Zhao), coming at odds with culture, personal conviction, and family obligation. Throughout the film, we see her struggle regarding whether to disclose to or withhold information from Nai Nai on her dire prognosis. Family members who have agreed