LOS ANGELES – The acclaimed drama The Farewell is inspired by writer-director Lulu Wang’s experience with her own grandmother, whose diagnosis of late-stage lung cancer was hidden from her by the entire family.

And she reveals that her grandmother still has not been told she has cancer – even though Wang talked about the family’s deception on the popular American podcast This American Life in 2016, and her grandmother then visited the set of the movie when it was shot on location in China last year (2018).

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