Terence Davies' Benediction Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival
It was a good night for female filmmakers at this year's International Cinephile Society awards, with women taking home the gongs for Best Picture, Director, Animated Film, Documentary and Debut Feature. Although no film swept the boards, Terence Davies' Siegfried Sassoon biopic Benediction won the most gongs, with three.
Audrey Diwan’s tense 1960s-set abortion drama Happening was named Best Picture, while her star Anamaria Vartolomei won Best Breakthrough Performance for her role as a woman who is increasingly desperate to terminate her pregnancy. Jane Campion was named Best Director for her Western about toxic masculinity, The Power Of The Dog.
Immersive school portrait Mr Bachmann And His Class, directed by Maria Speth and Best Animated Film went to Florence Miailhe's the crossing, which is painted on glass. Laura Wandel's gripping school bullying drama Playground was named best debut feature.
The full list of winners is below:
Director: Jane Campion – The Power Of The Dog
Actor: Jack Lowden – Benediction
Actress: Lee Hye-yeong – In Front Of Your Face
Supporting Actor: Anders Danielsen Lie – The Worst Person In The World
Supporting Actress: Ruth Negga – Passing
Ensemble: Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy
Original Screenplay: Benediction – Terence Davies
Adapted Screenplay: Drive My Car – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
Cinematography: Benediction – Nicola Daley
Editing: What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? – Aleksandre Koberidze
Production Design: The Souvenir Part II – Stéphane Collonge, Byron Broadbent, Polly Davenport
Score: Annette – Ron Mael, Russell Mael (aka Sparks)
Sound Design: [film id=Film ID:39092]Memoria[/film] – Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Raúl Locatelli, Javier Umpierrez
Animated Film: The Crossing – Florence Miailhe
Documentary: Mr. Bachmann And His Class – Maria Speth
Breakthrough Performance: Anamaria Vartolomei – Happening