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

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

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.”

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.

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