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BFI London Film Festival Winners Include Pawlikowski's 'Ida,' Newcomer Scribe Jonathan Asser for 'Starred Up' and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2013 at 12:29PM

The BFI London Film Festival wrapped this weekend, announcing its top prizes. UK-based Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a drama centered on a Catholic nun exploring her Jewish roots, nabbed the fest's top award for Best Picture, while Best British Newcomer went to Jonathan Asser for his script for David Mackenzie's prison drama "Starred Up."
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"Ida"
"Ida"

The BFI London Film Festival wrapped this weekend, announcing its top prizes. UK-based Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a drama centered on a young Catholic nun exploring her Jewish roots, nabbed the fest's top award for Best Picture, while Best British Newcomer went to Jonathan Asser for his script for David Mackenzie's prison drama "Starred Up."

"Ilo Ilo"
"Ilo Ilo"

The Sutherland award for best first feature went to Singapore's official Oscar entry, Anthony Chen's 'Ilo Ilo," following a Filipino maid living with a Singoporean family during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.

The highest BFI accolade, the BFI Fellowship awarded to an individual for his or her outstanding contribution to film or TV, went to horror icon Christopher Lee. 

Check out the complete list of winners here.

"Ida" was recently picked up for US distribution by Music Box Films, with a second-quarter 2014 release planned; trailer here.

This article is related to: Festivals, BFI London Film Festival, IDA, Pawel Pawlikowski, Pawel Pawlikowski, Starred Up


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.