Friday, July 19, 2019

The Farewell, starring Awkwafina and Tzi Ma, in Pittsburgh on July 24 and from August 2 through August 8.

Tickets went on sale today for Pittsburgh screenings of The Farewell, which opens nationwide today.
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.
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront on July 24 and at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill from August 2 through 8. Tickets are available online.