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The Woodsman wins top honours at festival



Story: Jack Foley

KEVIN Bacon became the toast of the 2004 London Film Festival when his film, The Woodsman, received top honours at the conclusion of this year's two-week event.

The controversial film, which finds the former Footloose star as a convicted paedophile trying to come to terms with his actions, won the Satyajit Ray Award, named after the Indian director.

The film was directed by Nicole Kassell and has already played to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

It co-stars Bacon's wife, Kyra Sedgewick, who joined her husband at the official LFF screening of the movie.

In the film, Bacon is depicted as he attempts to rebuild his life after 12 years in jail for molesting a child.

Judges praised The Woodsman for tackling the difficult and contentious issue with 'great insight and sensitivity'.

Of the other award-winners from the two-week showpiece event, Cannes favourite, Tarnation, picked up the Sutherland Trophy, for its creator, Jonathan Caouette.

While British writer-director, Amma Asante, received the UK Film Talent Award for her debut, A Way Of Life.

The film is set in South Wales and is about a teenage single mother who becomes involved in a tense stand-off with a Turkish neighbour.

The Fipresci International Critics' Award went to Aaltra, a Belgian film about the handicapped.

The festival - which proved to be the most popular ever - was brought to a close with a screening of the existential comedy, I Heart Huckabees, starring Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman, and directed by Three Kings film-maker, David O Russell (who was also in attendance).

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