Sundance Institute and Picturehouse has announced that the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: London’s Audience Favourite Award was presented to The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang. 

The Farewell had its European premiere at the London event following its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. Festivalgoers voted in the thousands for their favourite films across the four-day event at Picturehouse Central for this Audience Favourite Award. The Farewell will premiere in Los Angeles at Sundance Institute’s annual benefit, taking place Wednesday, 26 June.

The film, which tells the tale of a headstrong Chinese-American woman who returns to China, discovers that her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Starring the likes of Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong and Jiang Yongbo The Farewell will be screened again to the public at Picturehouse Central next weekend.

The Sundance Film Festival: London took place from 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central, presenting 12 feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Alongside two short film programmes and four special events, the festival opened with the UK gala of Late Night, written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson. The festival closed on Sunday 2 June with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?.

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