2012/10/21

Tim Burton honored at London Film Festival Awards

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Today ends the 56th London Film Festival, organized by the British Film Institute in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace in London, where in addition to granting awards in all categories of the Festival has honored film director Tim Burton.


Director Tim Burton and his wife, actress Helena Bonham Carter, were the stars of the night, without belittling others awarded the London Film Festival, to be honored by the organization for both film career and its contribution to world of film culture.

Burton received an honorary award from the hands of actor Sir Christopher Lee who is well known for his perennial role of Dracula, while his companion received the award from the director of film, theater and television, Sir Trevor Nunn.

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Burton and Bonham Both thanked the awards and commented that: "It's very thoughtful for them to give us both one at the same time.". Joking with her ​​husband, Bonham also said: "It's good because there's no jealousy at home.". 

None of the two artists was at the Festival with empty hands. The Carter movie stars, "Great Expectations" by Mike Newell is what will close the event, while the recent premiere of Burton's "Frankenweenie" opened the festival on 10 October.

The London Film Festival also awarded several prizes. One was the award for Best Picture to "De rouille et d'os" (Rust and Bone), French film directed by Jacques Audiard.

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"De rouille et d'os" is about Stephanie, played by Marion Cotillard, a whale trainer who runs out of legs following an accident. The other character is Ali, Matthias Schoenaerts a low professional boxer in the threshold of maturity to take care of his young son and is forced to fight in street circuits and illegal. Following a fight at a nightclub, both known and from there begin to emerge a number of complexities. There are a lot of feeling on the part of both, sadness, passion and struggle with loneliness goes both up.

It is the second time that the French director receives the award for Best Film of the Festival, having previously been awarded in 2009 for his prison drama "A Prophet".

The award for Best British Director Revelation, was awarded to director Sally The Hosaini for his film "My Brother The Devil", winner of several awards at the Berlinale and the Sundance Film Festival, and nominated for so many awards. In which two British Arab brothers trying to get by immersed in the mob street of London being forced to learn the extraordinary courage it takes to be yourself. When the rival gang ends with one of the best friends of one of the brother, will reconsider their future and even their sex, following the path of redemption while his younger brother takes just the opposite direction.

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The Sutherland Award went to the young New York director benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild". The film tells the story of hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a six year old girl who lives with her father south of the dam built to separate a small southern community areas that will be flooded after the melting polar. The community is more concerned about daily living and enjoying the moment to the danger that lurks.

And finally, the Grierson Award for Best Documentary went to the director and documentary producer Alex Gibney, and his work "Mea Culpa Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God". A controversial documentary dealing with sexual abuse of minors by priests.

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