On behalf of the jury, John Madden, chairperson said: “In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love. We Need to Talk About Kevin is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema”.
The award for Best British Newcomer went to actor Candese Reid for her role in Junkhearts.
The Sutherland Award went to Argentinean director Pablo Giorgelli, director of Las Acacias. This award is presented to the director of the most original and imaginative feature debut in the festival.
The Grierson Award for Best Documentary went to Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life directed by Werner Herzog.
As previously announced, the BFI Fellowship went to Ralph Fiennes and David Cronenberg . Canadian auteur David Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method was also screened at the festival.
The festival was held from October 12-27, 2011.