BFI London Film Festival Awards 2022 winners: ‘Corsage’ wins big

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Austria’s 2022 Oscar bid won best film at the festival, while “All That Breathes” took home the top documentary award.

Two films with Oscar gold in sight received a big boost on Sunday when the BFI London Film Festival unveiled its full list of winners for the 66th edition of the festival.

“Bodice,” Marie Kreutzer’s feminist reimagining of the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary and Austria’s official submission to the race for best international feature film, won the best picture trophy. The festival praised the film, writing that “the jury was completely wowed by Vicky Krieps’ sublime performance of a timeless woman trapped in her own iconography and rebellious desire for liberation”.

“I would like to thank the members of the jury for choosing our film and for awarding us this fine prize,” said Marie Kreutzer. “For me, this award, which is an award for the film, is not just my award, it belongs to all of us. The best thing about my job is collaborating with so many great creatives and artists and creating something thing together day after day without knowing how it’s going to go… For all of us, I’m so happy that it went so well and that people love the movie so much… This award is for all my team members. It’s hard to find the right words at the moment, I’m happy!

On the non-fiction side, the Sundance hit “All That Breathes” won first prize for documentary, the Grierson Award in Documentary Competition. Shaunak Sen’s portrayal of two brothers saving birds in India was already in the running for Best Documentary Feature, but the accolades it received from the jury put it even further in the running for the Oscars.

“This year’s winner is a film that, through an intimate lens, reveals the beauty of kinship and the struggle for survival in a time of increasing social and environmental collapse,” wrote the Competition’s jury. documentary about the film. “This masterful work is thrilling proof of the present and future of non-fiction cinema. It’s pure cinema.”

“The film has very deep ties to the UK and London in particular,” Shaunak Sen said. “Our wonderful producers are all based in London, attending the London Film Festival screenings has been great for me personally as apart from the responses from packed houses it has also become a warm gathering of other members of the team… Most importantly, while the awards are fabulous as a sort of recognition for the work we’ve done, it’s special because awards like this give traction to the truly singular work that our protagonists do, the brothers Nadeem and Saud I am absolutely thrilled and so happy.

Rounding out the list of feature film winners, “1976,” which won the Sutherland Prize in the premier feature film competition; and “Blue Bag Life”, which won the audience award.

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