The shortlist for the 2010 London film festival awards has been announced. Director Danny Boyle will also be presented with the BFI fellowship, The highest accolade they can award.
This year’s jury will be chaired by Patricia Clarkson and includes Gabriel Byrne, Sandy Powell and Shekhar Kapur. Last years winner, The Prophet, went on to receive great success world-wide.
Dir. Danny Boyle
Gripping, adventurous film-making and headline grabbing drama from Oscar-winning Danny Boyle.
Dir. Mike Leigh
A virtuoso, London-set exploration of family and friendship from Mike Leigh.
Dir. Joanna Hogg
Joanna Hogg’s follow up to Unrelated serves as a worthy companion piece to her brilliant and acclaimed debut.
Dir. Darren Aronofsky
A sophisticated psychological thriller set in the milieu of the New York Ballet.
How I Ended This Summer
Dir. Alexei Popogrebsky
A taut psychological drama set against a striking polar landscape.
The King’s Speech
Dir. Tom Hooper
The fascinating story of the relationship between King George VI and an unconventional Australian speech therapist.
Dir. Kelly Reichardt
An absorbing and beautifully composed western, set on the Oregon trail in the 1840s.
Never Let Me Go
Dir. Mark Romanek
A haunting story of love and loss based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel.
The Sleeping Beauty
Dir. Catherine Breillat
Catherine Breillat offers a dazzling, subversive exploration of fairy tales, dream and the mysteries of the female imagination.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong’s fabulous Palme d’Or winner uses a gathering of humans and ghosts around a dying man as the springboard for amazing memories and fantasies.
Of Gods and Men
Dir. Xavier Beauvois
Lambert Wilson and Michel Lonsdale head a superb cast in Xavier Beauvois’s gripping and provocative drama set in a monastery in North Africa.