'Road' to top of London fest


LONDON -- "Red Road" helmer Andrea Arnold was awarded the Sutherland trophy as the director "of the most original and imaginative first feature screened during the course of the festival" as the curtain came down Thursday night on the Times BFI 50th London Film Festival.

Said festival artistic director Sandra Hebron: "One of the most striking British feature debuts in years, 'Red Road' is an assured, multilayered slice of poetic realism." Arnold's film also won the Grand Jury prize at the Festival de Cannes earlier this year.

At the closing gala, the 9th FIPRESCI International Critics Award was presented to director Javier Rebollo for "Lola," the Alfred Dunhill Award went to producer Mark Herbert and the Satyajit Ray Award was given to "The Lives of Others," directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

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