Source: Sundance Institute

‘The Farewell’ director Lulu Wang

Lulu Wang’s family drama The Farewell picked up the audience favourite award at Sundance London on Sunday, June 2.

The film had its European premiere at the event, and was one of 12 features which launched at Sundance Film Festival in January to transfer to the London offshoot.

It centres on Billi, a Chinese-American woman who returns to China when her grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis, about which her family keeps her in the dark.

Awkwafina leads the cast, which also includes Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo.

The festival opened on May 30 with Nisha Ganatra’s Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, and closed on Sunday with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan?

Other screenings included Sophie Hyde’s Animals featuring Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger as two hard-partying best friends; and Shola Amoo’s sophomore feature The Last Tree, about a British-Nigerian boy’s search for his identity.