A24 has released the first trailer for the critically acclaimed drama The Farewell. Written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film is based on “an actual lie,” as Wang has fictionalized an account from her own life. Awkwafina stars as a young Chinese-born, U.S.-raised woman who discovers that her grandmother—who lives in China with her extended family—is dying of cancer. But instead of telling the grandmother she’s dying, the family has decided to keep it a secret, ensuring her happiness until her death. Under the pretense of a wedding for the young woman’s cousin, the family assembles in China for one last goodbye to a grandmother who thinks it’s a celebration, and Awkwafina’s notoriously emotional character struggles to contain her sadness.
The Farewell debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was a huge hit. I was able to catch the movie myself, and it’s a tremendously well-crafted, emotional film. Awkwafina more than proves herself capable of not only leading a film all her own, but nailing dramatic beats. And Wang, man. She’s a filmmaker to watch out for.
Check out the first The Farewell trailer and poster below and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance. The film also stars Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo. The Farewell opens in theaters on July 12th.