DAILY NEWS: "Sexy Beast," "Memento," and "In the Mood for Love" Honored at 4th British Independent Film Awards
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/10.26.01) — Prizes for the British Independent Film Awards were
presented Wednesday night at London’s Park Lane Hotel in a ceremony hosted by
local personality Dermot O’Leary. “Sexy Beast” by Jonathan Glazer was the big winner of the evening taking away four awards including the coveted Best
British Independent Film prize in addition to nods for Best Actor (Ben
Kingsley), Best Director and Best Screenplay (Louis Mellis and David Scinto). The film is a comedy about a gangster living in Spain who’s retirement is
interrupted by a persistent crook determined to pluck him back into the
business to pull off a high-stakes vault break-in in London.
The award for Best Foreign Independent Film (English Language) went to
Christopher Nolan‘s “Memento” (although Nolan is British, the film was
shot and financed in the U.S.) while Wong Kar-wai‘s romantic drama “In
the Mood for Love” took the Best Foreign Independent Film (Foreign
Language prize). In other honors, Kate Ashfield won Best Actress for her
role in “Late Night Shopping” by Saul Metzstein while Miramax‘s Bob and Harvey Weinstein received The FilmFour Special Jury Prize. Celebrated cinematographer/director Chris Menges (“The Pledge,” “The Killing Fields” “The Lost Son“) was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Now in its fourth year, the British Independent Film Awards were created
to celebrate the British independent film community at home and abroad.
“We are delighted with the caliber of films this year. Eight years ago
when Raindance was formed only 11 films qualified, this year there were
84,” said Elliot Grove, founder of BIFA in a prepared statement, “The
growing number of nominees and winners only proves that the British film
industry is alive and kicking.” [Brian Brooks]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: World’s Longest Festival Reveals its Roster for 16th Edition
(indieWIRE/10.25.01) — Dubbed the world’s longest festival, the Fort
Lauderdale International Film Festival, has revealed its complete lineup
for its 16th annual event.