The annual 66th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival announced the winners on Saturday night for a group of competitions that represented the widest range of tales ranging from period films to eerie thrillers. Director-writer Marie Kreutzer’s ” Corsage,” was honored with the festival’s most prestigious award which is the best film prize — extending the praise of the historical drama’s festival following its lead actor Vicky Krieps was awarded the Un Certain Regard best performance prize at Cannes.
It is set in the year 1877 during Christmas, and ” Corsage” follows Empress Elizabeth as she tries to escape the oppressive routine of her stifling image-centric lifestyle as a Vienna royal. Although the film is partly based on the real-life figure who ruled for 44 years on the Austrian throne a number of artistic deviations are made from the story of the previous ruler.
“The best film award goes to Marie Kreutzer’s masterfully realized film ‘Corsage’ for its mesmerizing and original interpretation of the life of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth,” the official competition jury stated. “The jury was completely seduced by Vicky Krieps’ sublime performance of a woman out of time trapped in her own iconography and her rebellious yearning for liberation.”
Other awards on offer at the festival included: the Sutherland award, which is reserved to an outstanding debut in directing, and The Grierson award, which is given to a feature-length documentary with importance to the culture as well as the short film prize as well as the top quality immersive artwork and the XR prize. An audience prize, which had traditionally been restricted to films with a feature was added to the category of short films this year.
Check out the complete list of the festival’s winners here. BFI London Film Festival. BFI London Film Festival in the following article:
Official Competition — Best Film Award
“Corsage,” directed by Marie Kreutzer
First Feature Competition — Sutherland Award
“1976,” directed by Manuela Martelli
Documentary Competition — Grierson Award
“All That Breathes,” directed by Shaunak Sen
Short Film Competition — Short Film Award
“I Have No Legs, and I Must Run,” directed by Yue Li
Immersive Art and XR Competition — Best Immersive Art and XR Award
“As Mine Exactly,” directed by Charlie Shackleton
Audience Award (Feature)
“Blue Bag Life,” directed by Lisa Selby, Rebecca Hirsch Lloyd-Evans, and Alex Fry
Audience Award (Short)
“Drop Out,” directed by Ade Femzo
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