Athens International Film Festival

Farewell

24/09/19, 19:30, IDEAL

It has won every audience prize it has encountered on its festival journey, starting with Sundance, placing its newcomer director on the list of most-wanted directors and is considered a favourite for the upcoming Academy Awards. The autobiographical phenomenon by Lulu Wang based on a “true lie” is a family’s disarming and sentimental “farewell” to their elderly matriarch.


USA | 2019 | COLOR | DCP | 100' | ENGLISH, ITALIAN, JAPANESE, MANDARIN

When a family learns that their beloved grandmother only has a little time left to live, they decide to hide the unpleasant truth from her and instead organise a last-minute celebratory gathering for the extended family. This sweet and very touching film, based in part on the real-life experiences of its director, acts as a celebration of life urging us to appreciate the small yet essential elements of our existence. 

With this modest debut, Lulu Wang has achieved a rare feat: to pick up every  Audience Award on the film’s festival journey, starting with Sundance, to become a blockbuster phenomenon during its recent US release and for its director to find herself on the most-wanted directors list. What’s more, this irresistible film is expected to be a favourite in the upcoming Academy Awards. L.K.

DIRECTOR: Lulu Wang
SCREENWRITER: Lulu Wang
DoP: Anna Franquesa Solano
MUSIC: Alex Weston
EDITORS:  Matt Friedman, Michael Taylor
PRINCIPAL CAST: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin



        : Festival Darlings

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        24/9/2020, 19:30, ANESIS

        MARTIN EDEN

        MARTIN EDEN

        24/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        24/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        24/9/2020, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/9/2020, 23:00, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        CICADA

        CICADA

        26/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        3/10/2020, 19:45, TRIANON

         THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ANESIS

        BLACK BEAR

        BLACK BEAR

        26/9/2020, 22:30, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 22:45, ANESIS

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA

         SHIRLEY

        SHIRLEY

        26/9/2020, 22:45, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        30/9/2020, 20:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 22:45, RIVIERA

        THE EVENING HOUR

        THE EVENING HOUR

        27/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        2/10/2020, 22:30, TRIANON

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        28/9/2020, 19:30, RIVIERA

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        28/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 23:00, TRIANON

        INSTINCT

        INSTINCT

        29/9/2020, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        1/10/2020, 19:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        FAREWELL AMOR

        FAREWELL AMOR

        30/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 19:45, STELLA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        2/10/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA
        4/10/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        MINAMATA

        MINAMATA

        3/10/2020, 19:30, ATHINAIA

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        3/10/2020, 20:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 22:30, RIVIERA

        HOPE / HÅP

        HOPE / HÅP

        3/10/2020, 22:15, ANESIS

        AMMONITE

        AMMONITE

        4/10/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU