Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Festival award for actor Marsan

Eddie Marsan was honoured in Edinburgh

Eddie Marsan has picked up a top award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The London-born screen star, known for his work in films such as Happy-Go-Lucky, War Horse and Hancock, picked up the award for best performance in a British feature film.

The honour was for his performance in the film Still Life, which had its UK premiere at the festival.

Described as "a poignant tale of life, love and the afterlife", the film tells the story of Eddie's character John May, a council worker charged with finding the next-of-kin of those who have died alone.

Eddie said he was honoured to receive this award.

He said: "Still Life is so special to me because it's such a personal film for its writer and director, Uberto Pasolini.

"An Italian film, set in London and given its UK premiere in Edinburgh, what a wonderful idea.

"Although film-making is a collaborative art form, it often takes it practitioners away from friends, family and home, and therefore the feelings of loneliness and painful detachment are ever present. That's what Uberto explored in this film and through the character of John May.

"An artist should be judged by how honestly and courageously they give their testimony, and with this in mind I graciously accept this award on Uberto's behalf as much as mine."

Eddie was one of several film-makers honoured at the awards ceremony for the 68th EIFF, held at the city's Filmhouse.

The Michael Powell Award for best British feature film was awarded to Joanna Coates's Hide And Seek, which received its world premiere at the festival.

Other films recognised included Midi Z's Ice Poison, which won the award for best film in the international competition.

The award for best documentary feature film was awarded to Farida Pacha's My Name Is Salt.

The ceremony took place ahead of Sunday's closing night for the 12-day festival.

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