The BFI London Film Festival has unveiled eight titles that will be in official competition.
Films include Santiago Miter’s political drama “Argentina, 1985” (Argentina); Clement Virgo’s tale of brotherly love “Brother” (Canada); the irreverent period drama “Corsage” by Marie Kreutzer (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany-France); Fyzal Boulifa’s atmospheric domestic drama “The damned don’t cry” (France-Belgium-Morocco); the horror folk tale “Enys Men” by Mark Jenkin (UK); the historical epic “Godland” by Hlynur Palmason (Denmark-Iceland-France-Sweden); the poignant family film “Nezouh” by Soudade Kaadan (United Kingdom-Syria-France); and Alice Diop’s courtroom drama “Saint Omer.”
The nominated films are all on the festival circuit this year. ‘Argentina, 1985’ and ‘Saint Omer’ make their debuts in Venice and are both in the running for the Golden Lion. “The Damned Don’t Cry” and “Nezouh” are also programmed for the Venetian bows. ‘Brother’ will bow in Toronto, while ‘Corsage’ won best performance at Cannes and best actress at Sarajevo for Vicky Krieps. “Enys Men” and “Godland” were also in Cannes.
The winner will be chosen by the official competition jury, whose members will be announced in the coming weeks. The other competitive categories, the Grierson Award for Best Documentary, the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature, the Short Film Award and the Best Immersive and XR Art Award will be revealed when the program launches on September 1. The Audience Award, won last year by Mounia Akl’s debut feature ‘Costa, Brava, Lebanon’, returns this year, while a new category, the Audience Award, Best Short Film, has also been introduced.
Created in 2009 and first won by Jacques Audiard for ‘A Prophet’, recent London Best Picture winners include Sudabeh Mortezai’s ‘Joy’, Alejandro Landes’ ‘Monos’ and, in 2021, ‘Hit the Road” by Panah Panahi.
The winner of the Best Picture award will be announced at a virtual LFF awards ceremony on October 16 on BFI YouTube and social media.
The 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from October 5-16.