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The Farewell wins audience award at Sundance Film Festival: London (2019)

The Farewell

Story by Jack Foley

LULU Wang’s The Farewell has won the Audience Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: London.

The film had its European premiere at the festival, following its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA.

Festival-goers voted in their thousands for their favourite films across the four-day event at Picturehouse Central.

The Farewell follows a headstrong Chinese-American woman who returns to China when 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.

The cast is led by Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong and Jiang Yongbo.

The Farewell will premiere in Los Angeles at Sundance Institute’s annual benefit, taking place Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

The Farewell will also be screened again to the public at Picturehouse Central next weekend. Tickets are available now, at the Picturehouse website

The Sundance Film Festival: London took place from May 30 – June 2, 2019, at Picturehouse Central, presenting 12 feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, alongside two short film programmes and four special events.

The festival opened with the UK gala of Late Night (dir. Nisha Ganatra), written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson. The festival closed on Sunday, June 2 with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?.

Over 40 filmmakers and actors attended the festival to introduce their films and participate in audience Q&As, including Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat for Time Out Gala film Animals, Sam Claflin for Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, and the cast of Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree.

This year, Sundance Film Festival: London welcomed its first writer Writer-in-Residence and poet Be Manzini, who created and shared poetic responses to a selection of films online and through live readings during the festival.