Audrey Diwan’s “Happening,” Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” and Terence Davies’s “Benediction” won top prizes at the 19th ICS Awards which are handed out by the International Cinephile Society.
This edition marks a milestone with female talents winning best picture, director, animated film, documentary, debut feature, breakthrough performance and cinematography.
“Happening,” a timely abortion drama set in 1960’s France, took home best picture, while its star, Anamaria Vartolomei, won best breakthrough performance.
“Remarkable in its combination of artistic delicacy and brutal realism, yet resisting any hint of didacticism, the film quietly builds tension to a gut-wrenching emotional pitch,” stated the ICS.
Campion, meanwhile, won best director with her Western family drama “The Power of the Dog.” Runner-up for top film was Hamaguchi with “Drive My Car,” a road drama based on Haruki Murakami’s short story about guilt and grief. Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe won the adapted screenplay award. Hamaguchi’s other movie from 2021, “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” won the Best Ensemble prize.
“Benediction” took home three awards, best actor for Jack Lowden who portrays poet Siegfried Sassoon in his younger years, best original screenplay for Davies, as well as cinematography for Nicola Daley. Laura Wandel’s “Playground,” a Belgian film tackling schoolyard bullying as seen through a child’s eyes, won best debut feature.
The actress award went to Lee Hye-yeong, who stars in “In Front of Your Face” as a middle-aged actress who faces down death by staying present in each moment.
Anders Danielsen Lie, who stars in Joachim Trier’s romantic drama “The Worst Person in the World,” took the supporting actor award, and Ruth Negga, who stars in Rebecca Hall’s “Passing” won supporting actress.
For Sound Design winner Memoria, Javier Umpierrez and Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr created a uniquely brilliant soundscape crucial to the entire experience of the film. With The Crossing, artist Florence Miailhe made the first feature-length animation film painted on glass, winning our Animated Film award.
The documentary award went to “Mr. Bachmann and His Class,” Maria Speth’s film about an unorthodox teacher’s close bond with his students in a multicultural primary school.
Here’s the full list of ICS winners:
“Happening,” Audrey Diwan
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Jack Lowden, “Benediction”
Lee Hye-yeong, “In Front of Your Face”
Anders Danielsen Lie, “The Worst Person in the World”
Ruth Negga, “Passing”
“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
“Benediction,” Terence Davies
“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Benediction,” Nicola Daley
“What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?,” Aleksandre Koberidze
“The Souvenir Part II,” Stéphane Collonge, Byron Broadbent, Polly Davenport
“Annette,” Ron Mael, Russell Mael (aka Sparks)
“Memoria,” Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Raúl Locatelli, Javier Umpierrez
“The Crossing,” Florence Miailhe
“Mr. Bachmann and His Class,” Maria Speth
“Playground,” Laura Wandel
Anamaria Vartolomei, “Happening”