Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of the Lionel Shriver novel, starring Tilda Swinton as a mother whose son has been jailed for committing a high school killing spree, has been named the festival’s best film.
Director John Madden, who chaired the selection committee stated “in the end, we were simply bowled over by one film – a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love. We Need to Talk About Kevin is made with the singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema.”
Werner Herzog’s film Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life was awarded best documentary. The best British newcomer award went to Junkhearts actor Candese Reid and the Sutherland award for most original and imaginative feature debut screened at the festival was given to Pablo Girogelli, the Argentinian director of Las Acacias.
BFI Fellowships were presented to actor Ralph Fiennes, who directed and starred in Coriolanus, and director David Cronenberg whose film A Dangerous Method enjoyed its UK premiere earlier this week.