London Film Festival 2012 Part 3: The DVDfever Awards (Oct 10th-21st 2012)

London Film Festival 2012AND (DRUM ROLL) THE AWARD GOES TO…

London Film Festival 2012 Part 3: The DVDfever Awards

Once again DVDfever has boldly gone to lots of movies so you don’t have to. In other words, we’ve tried to sort the wheat from the chaff. So you don’t waste your time and cash on hyped up disappointments or films that make you go “meh…” Luckily there was more of the good stuff at this year’s London Film Festival, and we’ve covered this in depth in our first two instalments – the US and UK offerings in Part One, and the rest of the world in Part Two, along with the top documentaries.

But now it’s time to hand out our much coveted yet entirely virtual 2012 DVD Fever Awards. So make a note of the must-sees, the names to watch, the breakthrough debuts, the guaranteed chuckle-inducing comedies. And as it’s the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness, we are choosing to put the champagne to one side, and instead uncork some rather fine perry, and raise our glasses to the winners.

So, here they are, the 2012 DVDfever Awards for the 56th London Film Festival.


BEST FILM, FULL STOP:
Amour (right), directed by Michael Haneke

BEST COMEDY:
Sightseers, directed by our own Ben Wheatley
Runner-up: Happy New Year, Grandma! (Spain, Telmo Esnal)

BEST THRILLER:
The Hunt, from Denmark, directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Runners-up: Argo (US, Ben Affleck), Broken (UK, Rufus Norris), Helpless (Byun Youngjoo), End of Watch (US, David Ayer)


BEST DRAMA:
Beyond The Hills (Cristian Mungiu) and Wadjda (Haifaa Al Mansour)
Runners-up: In The House(Francois Ozon), Tango Libre (Frederic Fonteyne), Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonca Filho).

BEST DOCUMENTARIES:
Village At The End Of The World, from Sarah Gavron
Runners-up: The Central Park Five (US, Ken Burns), Canned Dreams(Finland, Katja Gauriloff), The Road (UK, Marc Isaacs), Bayou Blue (US, Alix Lambert & David McMahon)

BEST ADAPTATION FROM PLAY OR BOOK:
Lore, directed by Cate Shortland, from Rachel Seiffert’s novel The Dark Room.
Runners-up: The Wall, In The Fog


RISING TALENT (MOST PROMISING DIRECTORS):

Rufus Norris (right) for Broken
Scott Graham for Shell
Tongpong Chantarangkul for I Carried You Home
Dustin Hoffman for Quartet
Daniele Cipri for It Was The Son
Iveta Grofova for Made In Ash
Haifaa Al Mansour for Wadjda
Gerard Barrett for Pilgrim Hill
Kleber Mendonca Filho for Neighbouring Sounds
Dominga Sotomayor for Thursday Till Sunday


RISING TALENT (STARS):

Alice Lowe (right) in Sightseers
Chloe Pirrie in Shell
Eloise Laurence in Broken
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (a wildly overrated film)
Kacey Mottet Klein in Sister
Ernst Umhauer in In The House
Saskia Rosendahl in Lore
Waad Mohammed in Wadjda
Joe Mullins in Pilgrim Hill
Paul Bartel in Punk


CAREER BESTS:

Ben Affleck (right) for Argo
Michael Haneke for Amour
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
Cate Shortland for Lore

THE FIRST KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS/GEORGE CLOONEY AWARD FOR FESTIVAL UBIQUITY ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY:

Isabelle Huppert for Amour, Dormant Beauty, and In Another Country


AND FINALLY… THE 15 MUST-SEES:

Amour
Sightseers (right)
The Hunt
Argo
Frankenweenie
End Of Watch
Wadjda
Helpless
Broken
In The House
Beyond The Hills
Tango Libre
In The Fog
Short Stories
Lore


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