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61st BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD WINNERS

LOVELESS (Best Film), THE WOUND (Best First Feature), KINGDOM OF US (Best Documentary) and THE RABBIT HUNT (Best Short Film) receive the Star of London

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year’s Festival Award-winners at its high profile Awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Hosted by James Nesbitt and with an address from BFI Chair Josh Berger, guests included Andrea Arnold, Hayley Atwell, Eric Bana, Jessie Buckley, Lily Cole, Jason Isaacs, Adrian Lester, Helen McCrory, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor Joy and this year’s BFI Fellowship recipient, Paul Greengrass.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION WINNER – Best Film: LOVELESS, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia, France, Germany, Belgium)

Recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, the winner of the Best Film Award, went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s LOVELESS, a powerful and eloquent film about a divorcing Russian couple whose son disappears. The award was announced by President of the Official Competition jury, previous Sutherland alumnus and Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning director Andrea Arnold:

The jury commented:

 “We felt that Loveless was a very poetic and beautiful film. Dark and told with a fierce passion. Although the film concentrated on the intimate story of one family in Russia, it felt like a universal tragedy; one that we recognized as one of the world¹s great sadnesses. The film-maker elevated the personal to a social and political statement. A critique of our current psychological and political moment. Some of us felt the film a cautionary tale. An angry warning. And some of us saw it as a rallying call for the opposite of what the film is called.  

We also commend Wajib. We found this to be a very honest, tender and beautifully acted story about a father and son delivering wedding invitations to their relatives. Sometimes funny and often sad we loved the glimpse into the lives of ordinary Christian Arabs in Nazareth. And through the intimacy between father and son, the film explored the clash of old and new in a fast changing world. A call for patience, respect and understanding”. 
Arnold’s fellow jurors were the BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Babak Anvari; the actor Eric Bana whose latest film THE FORGIVEN premiered at this year’s LFF; Ashley Clark, senior programmer of cinema at BAM Brooklyn; actor and social entrepreneur Lily Cole; previous LFF Best Film winner, the writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky and the BAFTA and Academy Award®-nominated producer Emma Thomas.

This is the second time that Andrey Zvyagintsev has won the Best Film at BFI London Film Festival having previously received the award for LEVIATHAN in 2014 which subsequently went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA in the same category.

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION WINNER – The Sutherland Award: John Trengove for THE WOUND (South Africa)

The long-standing Sutherland Award is named after the first Chairman of the British Film Institute, George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland. The Sutherland Award is presented to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature in the Festival, and this year’s winner is John Trengove for THE WOUND, a powerful exploration of masculinity and unspoken queer desire set in the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The winner was announced by the jury president, composer and producer, Melissa Parmenter.

About THE WOUND, the jury said:

“Among a strong field of debut features, we found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of The Wound. Director John Trengove and his terrific cast have created a dynamic and inimitable coming-of-age story that takes a heart-breaking look at masculinity and sexuality. 

We would also like to give a special mention to the dreamlike Summer 1993, a beautiful and personal film, impressively and sensitively crafted. Its director and screenwriter Carla Simón is an exciting emerging filmmaker to watch”.

Parmenter’s fellow jurors were freelance film writer and editor Kaleem Aftab; the multi-award-winning actors Jason Isaacs and Helen McCrory and the filmmaker and Turner Prize-nominated artist Isaac Julien CBE.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION WINNER – The Grierson Award: KINGDOM OF US , directed by Lucy Cohen (United Kingdom)

The Grierson Award for the Best Documentary recognises outstanding feature-length documentaries of integrity, originality, technical excellence or cultural significance. Lucy Cohen’s documentary feature debut is a luminous exploration of grief, identity, family bonds and emotional recovery.. The award was presented by the jury President, the BAFTA & Academy Award®-winning documentary producer, John Battsek.

On behalf of the jury, John Battsek said:

“In a strong and diverse documentary selection, Lucy Cohen’s impressive debut Kingdom of Us equally fascinated and moved us all. It captures an extraordinary level of family intimacy in its delicate exploration of grief and memory.  

We would like to specially commend the poignant yet beautiful Makala, which examines third world poverty in simple and unflinching way, and also the thoroughly enjoyable, charming, inventive hybrid Before Summer Ends – this French road trip with three expat Iranians really touched and delighted the jury”. 

Joining Battsek on the jury this year were BAFTA and GRIERSON-winning editor and producer Paul Dosaj; creative director of UK Factual at Raw TV Liesel Evans; multi-award-winning directors Edward Lovelace and James Hall and the highly-accoladed documentary veteran Norma Percy.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNER – Best Short Film Award: THE RABBIT HUNT directed by Patrick Bresnan (USA)

The Short Film Award is now in its third year at the Festival, and recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. Patrick Bresnan’s documentary short film THE RABBIT HUNT follows a family hunting rabbits in the sugarcane fields of the Florida Everglades during the harvest season. The Short Film award was presented by jury President, the Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning animation director and illustrator, Michael Dudok de Wit.

Of the winning film, Dudok de Wit and his jury commented:

“We were unanimously impressed by Patrick Bresnan’s verité documentary The Rabbit Hunt. The film is a thrilling look at one family’s otherwise everyday hustle, and is proof that farm-to-table eating doesn’t have to be a bourgeoisie exercise. We admired its agility, its confidence and its refusal to judge its enterprising subjects, and are excited to see what Bresnan does next.

We are also giving a special mention to Scaffold, for its assured simplicity and economy of storytelling; Martin Cries (Martin Pleure), for its inventiveness in transforming the ultraviolent video game Grand Theft Auto V into a tone poem about loneliness; and to Deborah Zebeda, for her magnetic performance in Laws Of The Game”.

Joining Dudok de Wit on the jury were film critic and culture writer, Simran Hans; BAFTA-winning producer Afolabi Kuti; one of the former BAFTA ‘Brits to Watch’ and director of the acclaimed feature debut LADY MACBETH, William Oldroyd and actor Chloe Pirrie, a former BAFTA Breakthrough awardee and Screen Star of Tomorrow.

BFI FELLOWSHIP Paul Greengrass (as previously announced)

This year’s BFI Fellowship was presented to BAFTA award-winning director, producer, screenwriter and former broadcast journalist, PAUL GREENGRASS by his frequent collaborator Tim Bevan.

Eili Harboe and Joachim Trier premiere Thelma

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

We spoke to the main actress Eili Harboe and director Joachim Trier who told us about his rumoured connections with director Lars Von Trier

Watch our interview here:

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Malavika Mokanan, Ishaan Khattar premiere Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the Clouds is an upcoming Indian drama film written and directed by Majid Majidi with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film stars Ishaan Khatter, actor Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles. Powerful coming-of-age tale about a brother trying to save his jailed sister.

We spoke to the cast at the world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Watch it here:

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Azazel Jacobs on directing The Lovers. BFI London Film Festival

A man and his wife, each embroiled in an extramarital affair, are sent reeling when they suddenly fall for the least likely person imaginable — each other.

Watch our interview with director Azazel Jacobs here:

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Jamie Bell, Annette Bening premiere Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

We had the pleasure to speak with the cast Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Annette Bening (American Beauty) and even the real Peter Turner! Have a peak on the interview here:

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Thoroughbreds premieres at BFI London Film Festival

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

360 Magazine chatted with their main actresses Anya Taylor Joy and Olivia Cooke and director Cory Finley

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Annemarie Jacir talks about Official Competition “Wajib” BFI LFF

Wajib is a 2017 Palestinian drama film directed by Annemarie Jacir. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama from Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You).

Watch our interview here: 

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Helen McCrory & Hugh Welchman Talk About First Fully-Painted Film, “Loving Vincent.”

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully-painted feature film produced by Oscar-winning studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.

Loving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It was written and directed by both Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. It was produced by Hugh Welchman and Sean Bobbitt of BreakThru Films as well as Ivan Mactaggart of Trademark Films. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and re-training of professional oil painters to become painting-animators on the film was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The film is being sold by Cinema Management Group and financiers include RBF Productions, Silver Reel, Doha Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Sevenex Capital Partners and City of Wrocław, European Capital of Culture in 2016. 

We had the pleasure to interview director Hugh Welchman and actress Helen McCrory (known for Peaky Blinders or Harry Potter). 

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More information on lovingvincent.com

Laura Smet x Xavier Besuvois talk about “The Guardians”. 

A superbly involving French rural drama from Xavier Beauvois, with Nathalie Baye magnificent as a matriarch struggling to run the land when war breaks out.

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A Fantastic Woman premieres at BFI London Film Festival 

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Watch our interview with the main actress Daniela Vega:

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