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Kristen Stewart's Certain Women wins BFI London Film Festival's best film

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Jojo Whilden

The 60th BFI London Film Festival announced its winners Saturday, with Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams, named the Official Competition Winner — Best Film. 

“In a vibrant year for cinema it was the masterful mise en scène and quiet modesty of this film that determined our choice for Best Film,” said the film jury on their decision to recognize the Kelly Reichardt-directed drama. “A humane and poignant story that calibrates with startling vulnerability and delicate understatement the isolation, frustrations and loneliness of lives unlived in a quiet corner of rural America.”

Stewart, Williams, and Laura Dern star in the film as three women in Montana dealing with perils of rural America. EW talked with Dern on her decision to join the project, recalling the rarity that “filmmakers are interested in the study of what happens in the pauses between the actions of someone’s life.”

In the First Feature Competition category, the Sutherland Award went to Julia Ducournau’s body horror film Raw, in which a young woman develops a strange appetite for human flesh. The Documentary Competition Winner, Starless Dream by Mehrdad Oskouei, earned the Grierson Award. The Short Film Competition winner 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, was co-directed by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege, and Floor van de Muelen.

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