Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced tonight that the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: London’s Audience Favourite Award was presented to The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman 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.
Principal cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
The Farewell had its European premiere at Sundance Film Festival: London following its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. Festival goers 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 Farewell will be screened again to the public at Picturehouse Central next weekend. Tickets will be available today, 3 June, at www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picturehouse_Central
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 in Park City, Utah, U.S.A, 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 2 June 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.
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