Director Spotlight - Lulu Wang, THE FAREWELL (#HIFFSpring19 Closing Night Gala)

By HIFF | April 07, 2019

Lulu Wang is a classical pianist turned filmmaker. Born in Beijing, raised in Miami and educated in Boston, Lulu is a recipient of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship, which was awarded at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her first feature film, POSTHUMOUS, starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling was released by The Orchard. She is also a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Fellow invited to participate in the FilmTwo Initiative for second time feature filmmakers.

Lulu Wang's second feature film, THE FAREWELL, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, where it was picked up for worldwide distribution by A24. The film follows a struggling New York City artist, played by Awkwafina, who travels to China for a family reunion to visit her dying grandmother. Wang based the film on her grandmother's illness, a story she first told on an episode of This American Life. It is set to be released in the United States on July 12, 2019.

After the film's premiere at Sundance, numerous publications listed the film as a standout at the festival, including Variety, Thrillist and Rolling Stone. In an IndieWire critics survey published after the festival, THE FAREWELL was voted Best Film and Wang was chosen for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 33 reviews.

In January of 2019, Variety named Wang one of ten “Directors to Watch.” In an interview with the publication, she described her next project as “very grounded science fiction.”

THE FAREWELL will screen during the final day of the 22nd Annual HIFF Spring Showcase. Tickets are still available but are selling fast. Get yours here!

  • Content and Design Copyright © 2009-2017 Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Built on Airship CMS