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  • Abbey Arts Centre
  • August 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM

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The Farewell

Abbey Arts Centre

Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM
August 12, 2020


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The Farewell

Abbey Arts Centre

Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM
August 12, 2020


Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, prebooking is essential. Please call Ailis or Linda on 071 9851375

‘The Farwell’ – 12th August at 8pm | €7

Director: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Film Information
100 minutes, USA, 2019, PG

When Billi’s family learn that her beloved grandmother, Nai-Nai, has been given mere months to live, they hastily stage a family wedding to facilitate a gathering in China. But they refuse to tell Nai-Nai about her illness.

Billi, who was born in China but has been raised in the US, struggles with this deception – she must deal with her own frustration at the family’s refusal to tell Nai-Nai the truth, as well as her sorrow at the prospect of losing her grandmother. Returning to China for the first time since her childhood, Billi also faces a broader clash of cultures, which leads to further tensions and bewilderment.

The Farewell is a humorous and moving story of inter-generational family dynamics.

Sundance Film Festival 2019
Galway Film Fleadh 2019

Winner – Audience Favourite, Sundance Film Festival: London 2019
Winner – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Golden Globes 2020

‘’★★★★ As gifted a writer as she is at creating playful, visually layered frames, Wang is constantly juggling clashes – of cultures, of tragedy and joy. … Ultimately, it’s all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie‘’ – Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘’★★★★★ One of the best films of the year so far. … It’s wonderful stuff from start to finish …’’ – Paul Whitington, The Irish Independent

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