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Chevalier receives the Best Film Award at London Film Festival 2015
19 October 2015
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Athina Rachel Tsangari won the Best Film Award at the Official Competition of the 59th London Film Festival. Chevalier (Greece, 2015), a biting, playful dissection of the male ego, featuring six men on a boat, is the Greek filmmaker΄s third feature film, which will have its Greek premiere on November 26.

Panos Koronis, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Giorgos Pyrpasopoulos with the Best Film Award

The award was announced by president of the Official Competition jury, Pawel Pawlikowski, who praised the film for its "study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athina Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity”.

The Witch, an American horror film by Rober Eggerrs, won the Sutherland Award for most original and imaginative first time feature, with the award jury president Desiree Akhavan describing the film as a "horror film that felt as though it were reinventing the genre with each frame and truly shocking moments that evoke both terror and empathy." The jury also commended Martin Butler & Bentley Dean’s Tanna from Australia.

The Grierson Award for Best Documentary was given to Sherpa by Jennifer Peedom, another Australian film, which the Jury applauded "for giving voice to a previously voiceless community, and we hope it reaches the wide, general audience that it deserves”.

Short Film Competition saw the Indian film An Old Dog’s Diary by Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel receiving the Best Short Film Award, while actress Cate Blanchett added another award in her collection, this time the BFI Fellowship, BFI’s highest honor, given to her by Ian McKellen. 

The festival closed with the European premiere of Danny Boyle΄s Steve Jobs

Source: London Film Festival official website
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