Argentine director Pablo Giorgelli wins Sutherland Award at BFI London Film Festival

By 27 October, 2011

Las Acacias was one of the word-of-mouth successes of the BFI London Film Festival, albeit one that had already won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Well now it can add a Sutherland Award to that previous prize, as last night proved particularly fruitful for first time director Pablo Giorgelli.

The Sutherland Award is given to the director whose work has been deemed most original and imaginative by the festival jury. Las Acacias, which is a slow-burning story of an Argentine truck driver who has agreed to give a lift to a Paraguayan woman who’s on her way to Buenos Aires, is certainly inventive. The story builds through characterisation, revealing an intimate portrait of the main characters. Pablo Giorgelli then is a worthy winner, and was awarded the Star of London from film director Terry Gilliam.

The jury commented: “In a lively and thoughtful jury room debate, Las Acacias emerged as a worthy winner, largely because of the originality of its conception. Finely judged performances and a palpable sympathy for his characters makes this a hugely impressive debut for director Pablo Giorgelli.”

Las Acacias will be on general release from 4th November in the UK.

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