17 October 2016
Kelly Reichardt wins Best Film at BFI LFF awards
The 60th BFI London Film Festival has announced its 2016 award-winners.
The Official Competition Winner for Best Film was Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt, a study of the lives of three very different women in Montana.
The film jury said: “In a vibrant year for cinema it was the masterful mise en scène and quiet modesty of this film that determined our choice for Best Film. A humane and poignant story that calibrates with startling vulnerability and delicate understatement the isolation, frustrations and loneliness of lives unlived in a quiet corner of rural America”.
The First Feature Competition Winner of the Sutherland Award was Julia Ducournau for Raw, about a young woman’s insatiable appetite for flesh in a coming-of-age body-horror tale.
Jury president Sarah Gavron said: “It is a film that shocked and surprised us in equal measure. We admired the way the director did something completely unexpected with the genre. We enjoyed the outrageousness of the story-telling, and the glee with which events unfolded. We loved the eerie originality of the setting, the dark, dark humour, the great score and the truly distinctive visual language. And the bold charismatic acting of the women at the centre of a film that is both unique and unsettling and will quite literally make some swoon.”
The jury also gave a special commendation to Uda Benyamina’s Divines for its standout female performance from Oulaya Amamra and for its energy and veracity.
The Documentary Competition Winner of the Grierson Award was Starless Dreams, directed, produced and written by Mehrdad Oskouei, the Best Short Film Award went to 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, directed by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van de Muelen, and the BFI Fellowship was presented to Steve McQueen.