Lulu Wang
Elias Roman
United States


Wang’s “The Farewell” wouldn’t be seen as a blockbuster at the box office, earning just $22.5 million worldwide, but it managed to score the biggest per-theater average gross of 2019, besting “Avengers: Endgame,” despite most of the dialogue being in Mandarin. And the semi-autobio­graphical film — about a young woman returning to her Chinese homeland to say goodbye to a grandmother being kept in the dark about the cancer that’s killing her — was an artistic triumph, earning star Awkwafina a Golden Globe Award and notching Wang as a filmmaker to watch. Next, she is set to write and exec produce Amazon series “The Expatriates” — with Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films — and helm a reimagining of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2013 family drama “Like Father, Like Son.”




  • Boston College (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • Women's Impact
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Golden Globes Switch 'Promising Young Woman' to Drama, Maria Bakalova Moved to Lead for 'Borat' (EXCLUSIVE)

Golden Globes Switch 'Promising Young Woman' to Drama, Maria Bakalova Moved to Lead for 'Borat' (EXCLUSIVE)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has completed its annual review of film submissions for the Golden Globe awards, and Variety has learned exclusively that many films and performances have been switched from the studios' intended submissions."Promising Young Woman" from Focus Features was switched from comedy to the drama categories. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, the film that tells the story of a woman seeking revenge on those who wronged her was not accepted by the voting body. Starring Carey...


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