LONDON — Alexei Popogrebsky’s Arctic-set psychological drama “How I Ended This Summer” nabbed the best film award at the BFI London Film Festival.
Trophy was presented to the helmer by jury chair Patricia Clarkson on Wednesday evening at a gala held at London’s LSO St. Luke’s music center.
Special commendation was given to Joanna Hogg’s “Archipelago.”
Film jury comprises Clarkson, Shekhar Kapur, John Hillcoat, Gabriel Byrne and Sandy Powell.
Clio Barnard, helmer of “The Arbor,” nabbed prize for British newcomer for the pic, which portrays the life of late playwright Andrea Dunbar, and the Sutherland Award presented to the helmer of the most imaginative and original feature debut in the fest.
The Grierson Award for documentary went to Janus Metz’s “Armadillo,” which follows Danish soldiers on their first posting to Afghanistan. “Last King of Scotland” director Kevin Macdonald, who chaired the docu jury, lauded the film as a “touchstone that will be watched for years to come.”
As previously announced, Danny Boyle was given the BFI Fellowship for his contribution to film culture. His pic “127 Hours,” starring James Franco, will close the fest Oct. 28.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese was in the house to deliver a special tribute to the work of the BFI National Archive, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Other guests at the ceremony included thesp John Hurt, BFI chairman Greg Dyke, “Submarine” helmer Richard Ayoade and Film4 topper Tessa Ross.