The film, which is directed by Aleksei Popogrebsky, tells the story of two men working at an isolated Arctic research station, who gradually lose touch with reality.
How I Ended This Summer won several awards at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany earlier this year (Feb10), and now it has taken the Best Film honour at London’s premiere movie event.
Head of the festival jury, actress Patricia Clarkson, says, “The film turns the hunter-versus-hunted narrative on its head to provoke powerful questions about life and death, resilience and human compassion. Tense, moving and universal in its scope, this is a cinematic tour de force.”
Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis took to the stage to present director Clio Barnard with the Best British Newcomer award for her offering The Arbor, while she also picked up the Sutherland Award for best direction.
Oscar-winning moviemaker Danny Boyle was also honoured at the event with a BFI Fellowship, which was presented to him by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.