Corsage: Marie Kreutzer’s Period Drama, Top Prize at London Film Festival

Marie Kreutzer’s period drama, Corsage, which won Vicky Krieps the Un Certain Regard best performance award at Cannes, is Austria’s entry to the Oscars.

 

The film, which bowed in Cannes’s Un Certain Regard sidebar (where Krieps won for best performance) and is now Austria’s entry to the Oscars, claim the best film award from the official competition, announced October 16 ahead of the festival’s closing night drama.

The jury said that the “masterfully realized” film won for its “for its mesmerizing and original interpretation of the life of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth,” adding that it had been “completely seduced by Vicky Krieps’ sublime performance of a woman out of time trapped in her own iconography and her rebellious yearning for liberation.”

The official competition jury also said it wanted to “commend the pure cinematic language and formal mastery of Godland and for the immersive atmosphere it creates.”

Elsewhere, Manuela Martelli won the Sutherland Award in the first feature competition for her Chilean drama 1976, Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes won the Grierson Award in the documentary completion, and Charlie Shackleton’s As Mine Exactly won in the immersive art and XR award. I Have No Legs, And I Must Run by Yue Li won the short film award. In the audience categories, Blue Bag Life won the feature audience award and Drop Out won the short audience award.

The 2022 BFI London Film Festival draws to a close on Oct. 16 with the European premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.