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THE FAREWELL
Ped Mall -The Screening Room
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 12:00 PM
A Chinese family discover that their beloved grandmother has only a short time to live, and instead of telling her, they whip up an impromptu wedding to gather the family before she passes.
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General Admission Adult Matinee - $7.50
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50

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Join The Iowa City Senior Center and United Action For Youth for a special intergenerational screening of The Farewell on Wednesday, August 14 at 2pm!

An open captioned screening of The Farewell will be presented Saturday, August 17 at 6:30pm.

"An incredibly satisfying meal of a film." - Emily Yoshida, Vulture

"A gentle delight." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"A career-defining role for Awkwafina." - Carlos Aguilar, the Wrap

"Appropriate for ages 11+." - Common Sense Media 


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.