The British Film Institute will award Christopher Lee its highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, it was announced Monday in London. Lee, who was knighted in 2009, has appeared in more than 250 films and TV shows, including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Lee, pictured above with BFI festival director and head of cinemas Clare Stewart, London Mayor Boris Johnson and LFF CEO Amanda Nevill, will be presented with the honor at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 19.
Announcement was made by Mayor Johnson and the BFI team. Stewart also announced the LFF jury.
The Best Film Award will be presented to the winner of the Official Competition;
President of the Best Film Jury is film critic and journalist Philip French; his fellow jurors are Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), Canadian-based visual artist Stan Douglas, actress Miranda Richardson, screenwriter Deborah Moggach and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Argo”).
The Official Competition selection is: Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness,” Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Jahmil XT Qubeka’s “Of Good Report,” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland,” Ahmad Abdalla’s “Rags and Tatters,” Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” John Curran’s “Tracks” and “Under the Skin” from Jonathan Glazer.
The fest also hands out the Sutherland Award for best first feature and the Grierson Award for documentary.
The BFI London Film Festival runs Oct. 9-Oct. 20.