Certain Women by Kelly Reichardt is the winner of the Official Competition of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The announcement came during the award ceremony of the festival, held at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, UK. The ceremony was hosted by actor Michael Sheen.
Certain Women was selected by the official competition jury, which was headed this year by the director of last year’s winning film Chivalier, Athina Rachel Tsangari. The jury said: “In a vibrant year for cinema it was the masterful mise en scène and quiet modesty of this film that determined our choice for Best film. A humane and poignant story that calibrates with startling vulnerability and delicate understatement the isolation, frustrations and loneliness of lives unlived in a quiet corner of rural America.”
The two other major BFI London Film Festival awards were announced at the ceremony. The Sutherland Award for Best First Feature went to Raw by Julia Ducornau. The Grierson Award for Best Documentary went to Starless Dreams, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei.
A BFI Fellowship, the highest accolate the BFI Board of Governors can bestow, was also presented to filmmaker Steve McQueen. The fellowship was presented to McQueen by actor Michael Fassbender.