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Russian Arctic drama wins best picture at BFI

10-30-2010 12:33 BJT

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Icy Russian Arctic drama "How I Ended This Summer" won the best-picture prize at the London Film Festival on Wednesday. And British director Clio Barnard took two awards for her innovative drama-documentary "The Arbor."

Actress Patricia Clarkson, who headed the best-film judging panel, praised Alexei Popogrebsky's "visceral psychological drama" about two meteorologists who clash at a remote polar research station.

In his acceptance speech the director of the film, Aleksei Popogrebsky, referred to the film and award.

Aleksei Popogrebsky, Dirctor, said, "Honestly this was a joke, I hope this is not."

The 54-year-old London festival introduced a best-film prize last year as part of a bid to boost its profile and compete with better-known events in Berlin, Venice and Toronto.

Clio Barnard won the best debut feature and best British newcomer awards for "The Arbor," an innovative docu-drama about the short life and troubled legacy of working-class playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Barnard interviewed family and friends of Dunbar, who stormed the theater scene in the 1980s with savagely funny plays about northern English life, but died of a brain hemorrhage in 1990 at the age of 29. On-screen the words are lip synched by actors, creating a hybrid of drama and documentary that won praise from critics and audiences.

Director Danny Boyle received the British Film Institute Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award, in recognition of a career that stretches from attention-grabbing 1990s British films like "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" to "Slumdog Millionaire," the world-conquering story of a quiz-winning Indian teenager.

The two-week festival opened on October the 13th. It is joined by more than 300 films from 68 countries.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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