8:45pm - Monday, Sep 16, 2019
Writer-director Lulu Wang mined her own life experience for the premise behind the family drama THE FAREWELL, which has emerged as one of this summer's breakout indie critical and commercial hits. Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina - who proved her comedic chops in both Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8 - shows a gift for anchoring drama, thanks to her turn as a headstrong young woman in this poignant, sweet, and heartfelt film. THE FAREWELL film follows a Chinese-American family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi (Awkwafina), feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.
"[Director] Lulu Wang builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture. It’s simply stunning." (Rolling Stone Magazine)
"Awkwafina has gone from rapper to comedic powerhouse, and now, most powerfully, to indie darling in “The Farewell.” It’s one of the year’s sweetest films." (New York Post)
"A funny, somber, and thoughtful true story of grief and acceptance. It's one of the best films of the year." (Cultured Vultures)
Monday, September 16
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 | $12.50 at the door
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons ans passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
THE FAREWELL (Lulu Wang, 2019 / 98 mins / PG) A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
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