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Fiennes, Cronenberg to receive BFI fellowships

Best film noms include '360,' 'Descendants,' 'Shame'

LONDON — Ralph Fiennes and David Cronenberg are set to receive British Film Institute fellowships at the BFI London Film Festival, which unspools this month.

Both the Brit thesp and the Canadian helmer will be awarded the honor for their contributions to cinema throughout their careers.

Additionally, the fest unveiled its shortlist for this year’s best film award: Fernando Meirelles’ “360,” which opens the festival, will compete with Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Aleksandr Sokurov’s “Faust,” Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “The Kid With a Bike” and Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” for the award.

The best film jury comprises John Madden, Gillian Anderson, helmer-scribe Asif Kapadia, producer Tracey Seaward, scribe Andrew O’Hagan and helmer Sam Taylor Wood.

The shortlist for best British newcomer includes helmers Nick Murphy (“The Awakening”) and Tinge Krishnan (“Junkhearts”), helmer-scribes D.R. Hood (“Wreckers”) and Nirpal Bhogal (“Sket”), and thesps Candese Reid (“Junkhearts”), Aimee Kelly (“Sket”), Tom Cullen (“Weekend”) and Chris New (“Weekend”).

Producer Andy Harries will lead the jury for best Brit newcomer alongside producer Stephen Woolley, thesps Anne-Marie Duff and Tom Hollander, presenter Edith Bowman, and producer and the head of National Film and Television School Nik Powell.

The Grierson Award for best docu will be chaired by Adam Curtis, docu filmmaker Kim Longinotto, Mandy Chang of the Grierson Trust and BBC head of docu commissioning Charlotte Moore.

Its shortlist is comprised of Lelia Doolan’s “Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey,” “Better This World,” helmed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, Carol Morley’s “Dreams of a Life,” Tristan Patterson’s “Dragonslayer,” Werner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life,” “Last Days Here,” helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, Michael Glawogger’s “Whore’s Glory” and “The Black Power of Mixtape 1967-1975,” helmed by Goran Hugo Olsson.

Contenders for the Sutherland Award shortlist, which is presented to the director of the most original feature debut in the fest, include “Michael,” from helmer Markus Schleinzer, Mark Jackson’s “Without” and Braden King’s “Here,” amongst others.

Video artist Phil Collins will head up the Sutherland jury, which includes producer Andrew Eaton, thesp Saskia Reeves, helmer Peter Kosminsky, Icon topper Hugo Grumbar, helmer Joanna Hogg and film journalist Tim Robey.

The 55th edition of the London Film Festival unspools Oct. 12-27.

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