Certain Women’ best pic of London film fest
A jury headed by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari praised the masterful imagery and quiet modesty of Reichardt’s film about three women - played by Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern - struggling with life in a chilly small town.
The director is known for moving, minimalist dramas including “Wendy and Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff.”
“Certain Women” beat other nominees including Paul Verhoeven’s provocative revenge thriller “Elle;” Barry Jenkins’ Miami coming-of-age drama “Moonlight;” and Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s poet biopic “Neruda.”
French director Julia Ducournau’s horror story “Raw” was named best first feature during the festival’s black-tie awards ceremony at London’s 17th-century Banqueting House. Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei’s portrait of teenage inmates, “Starless Dreams,” was named best documentary, and Syrian photographer Issa Touma’s “9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo” won the short-film prize.
McQueen, a British director and Turner Prize-winning video artist, was presented with the British Film Institute Fellowship award by actor Michael Fassbender, who has appeared in all three of the director’s feature films - “Hunger,” “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave.”
When the award was announced last month, BFI chairman Josh Berger said McQueen “has consistently explored the endurance of humanity - even when it is confronted by inhumane cruelty - with a poetry and visual style that he has made his own.”
The 12-day event, which wrapped up on Sunday, screened some 250 features, and also included a symposium on why black actors remain under-represented onscreen in Britain and the United States.