THE FAREWELL
2019, A24, 100 min, USA, Dir: Lulu Wang

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun when she learns that her beloved grandmother, Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen), has been given mere weeks to live. While Billi’s family knows this, they have decided not to tell Nai Nai herself; to assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.


A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA
1946, Westchester Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Archie Mayo

Among the final features from the Marx Brothers, this comedy puts Groucho, Chico and Harpo in postwar Casablanca, where escaped Nazi Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman) is trying to recover a fortune in stolen art. The loot is hidden in a local hotel, and when Groucho becomes manager of the place, he winds up on Stubel's hit list.


THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
2018, Screen Media Films, 132 min, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoemaker (Jonathan Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth - a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?


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