Alejandro Landes’ Colombian survival thriller Monos was presented with the best film award of the Official Competition at the BFI London Film Festival tonight (October 12).
The film is Colombia’s entry for the best international film at the Oscars, and has already won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury award at Sundance. Picturehouse acquired UK rights from Le Pacte for a release later this month.
Wash Westmoreland, the Official Competition jury president, said: “Monos is a stunning cinematic achievement; marrying dynamic visuals, faultless performances and groundbreaking storytelling. It’s a masterpiece!”
The Official Competition jury also gave special commendations to Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy and Rose Glass’ Saint Maud.
Mati Diop’s Atlantics was awarded the Sutherland award in the best first feature competition by a jury headed by director Jessica Hausner, who described it as a “poetic fable, mysterious and challenging.”
The Dakar-set romantic drama premiered in Competition at Cannes, winning the Grand Prix. Netflix picked up the title for most of the world in May.
Bora Kim’s House Of Hummingbird earned a special commendation in the category.
Rubika Shah’s White Riot, which profiles punk reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism in the 1970s, won the Grierson award for best documentary. Visit Films are handling international sales. Yance Ford headed the documentary jury.
The winners received their award on stage from LFF festival director Tricia Tuttle and respective Jury Presidents in front of a public audience at a special screening of each winning film today at Vue Leicester Square.