Director Lulu Wang Reveals the Photograph That Informed the Achingly Nostalgic Visual Language of ‘Expats’

Portrait of Lulu Wang by Matt Morris. Image courtesy of Wang.

Five years ago, Lulu Wang’s sophomore feature, The Farewell, made waves at Sundance. The autobiographical film follows a family that is both falling apart and holding it together following the announcement of its matriarch’s terminal cancer. Last Friday, the director released the first two episodes of Expats, a limited series that unspools the lives and losses of a group of affluent foreigners living in Hong Kong.

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