FILM: The Farewell
January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$9
In the run-up to the Academy Awards, the SteamPlant is looking to celebrate films from 2019 that are critical favorites and those that have garnered nominations and awards throughout the year! These selection of films have Oscar pedigree with previous Award-winners attached to the film, writers and directors that have previously hoisted that coveted golden man statue, or they are poised to be in contention for recognition at this year’s Academy Awards, which airs on February 9!
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.
Cash bar & concessions will be available
Tickets are $9.00 available at the SteamPlant Box Office or online here.