The 54th BFI London Film Festival drew to a close yesterday with the announcement of the festival’s award winners at a star-studded ceremony in London’s LSO St Luke’s.
The festival jury – chaired by Patricia Clarkson and including Gabriel Byrne, Sandy Powell and Shekhar Kapur – presented Russian director Aleksei Popogrebsky with the Best Film award for his psychological drama How I Ended This Summer, while British filmmaker Danny Boyle was presented with the prestigious BFI Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to film.
Also in attendance was Martin Scorsese, who delivered a special tribute to the work of the BFI National Archive for its 75th anniversary.
A full rundown of the award winners…
BFI Fellowship: Danny Boyle
Best Film: How I Ended This Summer (dir. Aleksei Popogrebsky)
“Tense, moving and universal in its scope, this is a cinematic tour de force.” – Patricia Clarkson
Special commendation to Archipelago (dir. Joanna Hogg)
Best British Newcomer: Clio Barnard, director of The Arbor
“Clio Barnard’s genre-busting film The Arbor is innovative, eloquent and emotionally resonant… a stunning debut” – Tony Grisoni
Sutherland Award: Clio Barnard (The Arbor)
“This is a challenging, moving and utterly memorable film and a deserving winner of the Sutherland Award” – Sandra Hebron
Grierson Award for Best Documentary: Armadillo (dir. Janus Metz)
“Armadillo is a touchstone film that will be watched for years to come.” – Kevin Macdonald
We’ll be finishing up our coverage of the London Film Festival here at Flickering Myth over the next few days, while highlights of the awards ceremony will be broadcast on Sky Arts 2 HD on November 7th.