Sutherland Trophy Winners

by TarquinMcLusky | created - 05 Dec 2012 | updated - 11 Jun 2013 | Public

The BFI London Film Festival (also known as just the London Film Festival) is the UK's largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The festival is run every year in the second half of October under the umbrella of the British Film Institute. Awarded for the most original and innovative first feature at the London Film Festival. The Sutherland Trophy is named after the BFI’s patron and boasts recipients as noteworthy as Bertolucci, Fassbinder, Godard and Antonioni. Since 2009 the LFF has given a 'Best Film' award as the most prestigious trophy at the Festival.

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1. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 38,460

2. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 8,774 | Gross: $0.02M

3. L'Avventura (1960)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Mystery

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

Votes: 21,137

4. Il Posto (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich, Mara Revel

Votes: 3,407 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Paris Belongs to Us (1961)

Not Rated | 120 min | Mystery

Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Daniel Crohem

Votes: 1,598

6. Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

In the seaside town of Boulogne, no one seems to be able to cope with their past, least of all Hélène, an antique furniture saleswoman, her stepson Bernard, and her former lover Alphonse.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein, Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée

Votes: 2,264

7. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

Director: Grigori Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuriy Tolubeev

Votes: 2,102

8. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir

Votes: 23,020

9. The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1966)

94 min | Drama

A schoolteacher (Miereveld or "field of ants") is entranced by one of his students (Fran). Not being able to have his love fulfilled he tries to escape it and moves house and job. Working ... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux | Stars: Senne Rouffaer, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Hector Camerlynck, Hilde Uitterlinden

Votes: 611

10. Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara

Votes: 8,498

11. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 923

12. L'amour fou (1969)

252 min | Drama, Romance

During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director, a couple behind the scenes, can't find a way to leave their personal problems at ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Josée Destoop, Michèle Moretti

Votes: 476

13. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 21,088

14. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

87 min | Drama, Romance

The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Isabelle Weingarten, Guillaume des Forêts, Jean-Maurice Monnoyer, Giorgio Maulini

Votes: 1,461

15. The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Unrated | 260 min | Documentary

Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation, the documentary lasts more than 4 hours this deals with the defense of the revolution ... See full summary »

Directors: Octavio Getino, Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: María de la Paz, Fernando E. Solanas, Edgardo Suárez, Fidel Castro

Votes: 729

16. Pirosmani (1969)

85 min | Biography

The story of self-taught Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

Director: Giorgi Shengelaia | Stars: Avtandil Varazi, Dodo Abashidze, Givi Aleksandria, Spartak Bagashvili

Votes: 556

17. Martha (I) (1974 TV Movie)

116 min | Drama, Thriller

After the death of her abusive father, the lonely librarian Martha marries an equally vile businessman - Helmut. The cruel and torturous nature of their relationship lead Martha to believe Helmut might be trying to kill her.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Böhm, Barbara Valentin, Peter Chatel

Votes: 1,833

18. O thiasos (1975)

230 min | Drama, History, Music

Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Aliki Georgouli, Vangelis Kazan, Stratos Pahis

Votes: 2,784

19. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 15,221

20. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (1977)

442 min | Biography, Drama

Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Heinz Schubert, Peter Kern, Hellmut Lange, Rainer von Artenfels

Votes: 612

21. The Scenic Route (1978)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama.

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Randy Danson, Marilyn Jones, Kevin Wade, Grant Stewart

Votes: 144

22. The Herd (1978)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be ... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Ökten | Stars: Tarik Akan, Melike Demirag, Erol Demiröz, Levent Inanir

Votes: 3,173

23. The Falls (1980)

Not Rated | 195 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

92 BBC documentary-style shorts that record the lives of 92 victims of the VUE (Violent Unexplained Event), each with last names beginning with "Fall."

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Peter Westley, Aad Wirtz, Michael Murray, Lorna Poulter

Votes: 1,179

Tied with Two Stage Sisters

24. Die Berührte (1981)

110 min | Drama

Doctors say that Veronika, a woman in her 20s, is schizophrenic. She is compliant, which makes her an easy target for men. She's religious, believing she is God's favorite child; she ... See full summary »

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Elisabeth Stepanek, Nguyen Chi Danh, Karl Heinz Reimann, Jorge Reis

Votes: 66

25. Rat-Trap (1982)

121 min | Drama

The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair, Sharada

Votes: 352

26. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 7,807 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1984)

108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Arturo and his wife, Luz Manalastas, both work in a printing press. After Luz becomes pregnant, Arturo ("Turing") is forced to ask for a raise. When he does so, his boss asks him to sign a ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Venchito Galvez, Ariosto Reyes Jr.

Votes: 71

28. Huang tu di (1985)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 1,755

29. Comrades (1986)

183 min | Drama, History

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Keith Allen, Dave Atkins, Stephen Bateman, Katy Behean

Votes: 590

30. Brightness (1987)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

Votes: 1,676

Tied with The Terrorizers

31. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo

Votes: 4,348

32. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

R | 114 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Director: Steve Kloves | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

Votes: 19,279 | Gross: $16.82M

34. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 5,539 | Gross: $0.52M

35. Vacas (1992)

96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Ana Torrent, Karra Elejalde

Votes: 3,075

36. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years... See full summary »

Director: Tran Anh Hung | Stars: Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Votes: 6,829 | Gross: $1.91M

37. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi, Hend Sabry, Fatima Ben Saïdane

Votes: 735

38. Bob's Weekend (1996)

93 min

Robert Askew goes to Blackpool to prepare an extraordinary end to his extra ordinary life. But this is no ordinary weekend and a succession of magical events conspire to turn a journey of despair into a voyage of discovery.

Director: Jevon O'Neill | Stars: Bruce Jones, Mark Goodier, James Chambers, Anna Jaskolka

Votes: 155

39. The Life of Jesus (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf, Sébastien Delbaere

Votes: 2,097

40. The Apple (1998)

86 min | Drama

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi

Votes: 1,950 | Gross: $0.12M

41. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 7,133 | Gross: $0.22M

42. You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman

Votes: 25,019 | Gross: $9.18M

43. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,284

44. Carnages (2002)

Unrated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path.

Director: Delphine Gleize | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Ángela Molina, Raphaëlle Molinier, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 656 | Gross: $2.55M

45. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 8,030 | Gross: $1.13M

46. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more -- culled from 19 years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 5,963 | Gross: $0.59M

47. Eläville ja kuolleille (2005)

95 min | Biography, Drama

An ordinary suburban family is shattered when their youngest son is killed in an accidental fire while locked inside the family's car on their yard. Mother Marja can't stop crying, father ... See full summary »

Director: Kari Paljakka | Stars: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Katja Kukkola, Johannes Paljakka, Risto Salmi

Votes: 242

48. Red Road (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press

Votes: 10,893 | Gross: $0.15M

49. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 78,075 | Gross: $4.44M

50. Tulpan (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy | Stars: Askhat Kuchencherekov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondas Besikbasov

Votes: 2,811 | Gross: $0.16M

51. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9