The 44th Regus London Film Festival, which closed last night with the screening of David Kane's highly-anticipated Born Romantic, has announced this year's prize-winners.
Uneasy Riders (Nationale 7), a French film by Jean Pierre Sinapi that was screened during MIFED by Vincent Maraval's Paris-based Wild Bunch, was honoured by the FIPRESCI jury for its take on sex, religion and disability. The same film also won the Satyajit Ray Foundation prize.
FIPRESCI also gave a Special Mention to Last Resort, a lyrical, shrewdly observed slice of life by award-winning documentarist Paul Pawlikowski that was made through BBC Films. The low-budget digital feature also won the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
The BFI Sutherland Trophy went to Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me, which beat out two other films on the shortlist: Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast and Santitos, Alejandro Springall's Spanish-language film.
You Can Count Me, which shared this year's Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has just opened in the US through Paramount Classics to ecstatic reviews. Its two lead actors, Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney, are seen as having a decent shot at an Oscar nomination next year.