A Lulu Wang film, starring Shuzen Zhao, Awkwafina, and X Mayo. Running time 1 hr 40 minutes.
The Sylvan Lake Film Society, a Sylvan Lake Municipal Library program, provides transformative film experiences to filmgoers in the community. They are very proud of the variety of films shown in the past and hope to continue the experience in the years ahead.
In our endeavour to respond to the needs of our community, we are debuting an International Film Series, which will take place in the library, the third Thursday of every month. There will be no fee to attend these films, however a non-perishable donation to the Little Free Pantry is always appreciated.
Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Based on true events, the film follows a young Chinese American woman named Billi (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians) as she travels back to China to visit her dying grandmother. Billi’s family has decided to spare their beloved matriarch the news of her terminal diagnosis so as not to darken what time she has left. In order for everyone to have a chance to say goodbye without tipping her off that the end is near, they orchestrate an elaborate excuse to reunite in the form of a fake wedding. Though cultures clash and family conflict ensues, the story is told with universally relatable warmth and charm. Awkwafina is dazzling as the quickquick-witted and empathetic Billi, supported by a remarkable cast that includes the charming Tzi Ma (Meditation Park) as her father and Diana Lin (Australia Day) as her mother. Little by little, we realize that this story is not only about Billi saying goodbye to her grandmother, but also about her reconnecting with a country and extended family that she left behind at a young age. The Farewell is truly remarkable. It will make you laugh out loud, cry both sad and happy tears, and contemplate the meaning of home. - VVS