'The Farewell' Trailer: Awkwafina Confronts Lies and Cultural Tensions

The film, which premiered at Sundance, follows Awkwafina's Billi as she and her family keep their grandmother in the dark about her cancer diagnosis.

In the trailer for Lulu Wang's The Farewell, a family that lies together stays together. 

The preview, released on Tuesday morning, follows Awkwafina's Billi as she and her family keep their grandmother in the dark about her cancer diagnosis. 

"Chinese people have a saying: When people get cancer, they die," says Diana Lin, who plays Jian, Billi's mother. 

Billi's family desperately stages a wedding to get other family members to China, where the will be able to say a final goodbye to the ailing grandmother, Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen).

The Farewell, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, highlights tensions between traditional Eastern ideas of community and Billi's Western understanding of life. 

"You think one's life belongs to oneself. But that's the difference between the East and the West," says Tzi Ma as Billi's father, Haiyan. "In the East, a person's life is part of a whole. Family."

The Farewell, also written by Wang, boasts a primarily Chinese cast as well as dialogue both in English and Mandarin.  

Despite the initial lies that lead to the film's tensions, the trailer for hones in on the love and joy that result from the deceptive plot. 

"Life's not about what you do, it's more about how you do it," says Nai Nai. 

The family dramedy, set to hit theaters July 12, also stars Gil Perez-Abraham, Ines Laimins and Jim Lui.