The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express announced this year’s festival awards’ winners at a ceremony at Banqueting House, Whitehall, hosted by musician and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker.
Official Competition Winner – Best Film: Chevalier, dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari (also, Associate Producer for the acclaimed Dogtooth and Co-Producer for Before Midnight)
Chevalier marked the return of Athina Rachel Tsangari to the director’s chair, in what was a festival that really did celebrate female filmmakers. Chevalier was the first film for Tsangari since Attenberg back in 2010 and it is great to see her back.
Pawel Pawlikowski, whose film Ida won the Best Film prize back in 2013 was president of the Official Competition jury this year and heaped praise on the film, saying:
“Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athena Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity”.
First Feature Competition Winner – Sutherland Award: The Witch, dir. Robert Eggers – first wowed the audience & critics alike at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.
Documentary Competition Winner – Grierson Award: Sherpa, dir. Jennifer Peedom
“An Old Dog’s Diary”