Billi, born in China and raised in the United States, reluctantly returns to Changchun to discover that the whole family knows that her beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has only a few weeks to live and everyone has decided not to tell her. To make sure that she stays happy, they meet under the pretext of a surprise wedding, a joyful even that will reunite the whole family now separated and living in foreign countries. As Billi navigates through a minefield of family expectations and good manners, she finds out that there is much to celebrate: an opportunity to rediscover the country she left behind, her grandmother’s wonderful spirit and the ties that bind people, which sometimes make words unnecessary.
Born in Beijing, raised in Miami, and educated in Boston, Wang is a recipient of the 2014 Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship, awarded at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. She is also a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing fellow, which enabled her to to film Posthumous, her feature film debut, and a 2017 fellow with the Sundance Institute’s FilmTwo Initiative, a program supporting second-time feature filmmakers. The latter fellowship made it possible for her to shoot The Farewell.
Tuesday 22: Calderón Theater,
9.00 (Press Preference Pass) / Calderón Theater, 22.00
Wednesday 23: Carrión
Theater, 7.30 pm