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«Farewell»: From Sundance to the 25th Athens International Film Festival to the Oscars

The autobiographical phenomenon by Lulu Wang based on a “true lie” is a family’s disarming and sentimental “farewell” to their elderly matriarch.

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.

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.



    Publication date: 2019-09-23 16:19:14

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