Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women came up trumps at the 60th edition of the London Film Festival on Saturday night, with the Michelle Williams, Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart starrer picking up the best film award.
The award was announced by the President of the Official Competition jury Athina Rachel Tsangari at London’s Banqueting House.
“In a vibrant year for cinema it was the masterful mise en scene and quiet modesty of this film that determined our choice for best film,” she said. “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.”
Certain Women follows the lives of three very different women in Montana and is released domestically by IFC this weekend.
Julia Ducournau’s Raw, about a young woman’s insatiable appetite for flesh following a carnivorous hazing ritual, was awarded the long-standing Sutherland Award, which honors the most original debut feature in the festival while the Grierson Award for best documentary was picked up by Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams, a portrait of juvenile delinquent women at the margins of Iranian society.
9 Days — From My Window in Aleppo, directed by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van de Meulen, was awarded the festival’s best short film award.
Michael Fassbender was in town to present frequent collaborator Steve McQueen with the BFI Fellowship, which is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television.
LFF closes on Sunday (October 16) with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.