Currently Browsing: The Farewell

Roza’s SWAN Day 2020: Screenwriting

First featured in an episode of the podcast, This American Life, the story of Wang’s own grandmother has, against all odds, made it to the big screen. Both funny and so poignantly sad, it’s a movie to watch with a loved one, if you can.

20 Perfect Films From Female Filmmakers to Ease Your Pandemic Blues

Twenty films from female filmmakers received perfect scores from the FF2 Media team during 2019. To receive a perfect score from our team, a film must pass the Bechdel-Wallace test and feature a female writer or director – 220 films matching the latter criteria were released theatrically in Manhattan last year. read more.


Awkwafina represents women-directed work at Golden Globes

The 77th Golden Globe Awards were held Jan. 5 in Los Angeles, featuring a dismally male-dominant slate of nominees from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. On the film side, no women screenwriters or directors were nominated. Only one of the 10 films nominated for Best Motion Picture is written by a woman: the category’s winner from co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, more.


Watch at Home: ‘The Farewell’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/15/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • After the Wedding – Susanne Bier (original screenwriter)
  • The Farewell – Lulu Wang (writer/director)
  • Frances Ferguson – Kaley Wheless (co-writer/story)
  • Maki – Naghmeh Shirkhan (writer/director)


This week’s selection is The Farewell, an intimate look at one family as they go about saying goodbye to a loved one while never letting them know the truth.… read more.


‘The Farewell’ director hopes demand for diverse storytelling isn’t temporary

The Farewell stars Awkwafina as Billi, a young adult struggling with life’s goals when she learns that her grandmother is dying of cancer. The family travels back to their homeland of China under false pretenses of a family wedding so they can gather to say goodbye to Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao). 
Based on writer/director Lulu Wang’s own life, The Farewell is filled with heartfelt laughter and love accentuating the bonds of more.


Female Filmmaker Wins Top Honor at CCFF for ‘Saint Frances’

The 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival was held May 17-23 at the Music Box Theatre, featuring nine films written and/or directed by women. Of the 24 films in the festival lineup, these four stood out as especially memorable features from female directors. [Saint Frances wins Audience Award – Narrative Feature from Chicago native, writer and star Kelly O’Sullivan]. read more.