Cannes Film Fest 2019: Atlantis; Monos Win Top Awards at Film Fests

The 2019 BFI London Film Fest has announced its award winners.

Mati Diop’s Atlantics, which became the first film from a black female director to play in Cannes’ official competition earlier this year, won London’s first feature competition. The drama, a genre-shifting portrait of a girl’s awakening in Dakar, has been picked up by Netflix, and was submitted by Senegal to the International Oscar Awards.

Monos, Alejandro Landes’ survival thriller about child soldiers, earned the juried best film award.

The film was acquired by Neon for the U.S., and was recently named Colombia’s Oscar entry in the Best International Feature competition.

White Riot, Rubika Shah’s profile of the punky reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism, won the documentary award at the 2019 London Film Fest.