Saturday, November 17, 2012

23rd Stockholm International Film Festival Award Winners

While the previous post festival was having their award ceremony, the more (a lot more) interesting Swedish festival was also having their award ceremony that gave awards to much interesting films.

The fest big winner is Lore by Cate Shortland that not only got the top award but also three more awards. The following are all the award winners.

Bronze Horse for Best Film: Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany, Australia and UK
The motivation of the Jury: A coming of age story that is beautiful and brave and transfers it’s audience to a time and place that we have all known many times before. Only this time the perspective is different. A historical drama with timeless brilliance.

Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, USA
The motivation of the Jury: For achieving a sense of naturalism in a fantastic universe and grabbing a hold of his audience and never letting them go. For his belief in humanity in a cinematic landscape that so often cannot pull itself out of the mire of misanthropy. Like our hero Hushpuppy, Benh cannot help but hear and embrace the beating heart that keeps all of us going.

Special Mention for Directorial Debut: Karzan Kader for Bekas, Sweden, Finland and Iraq
The motivation of the Jury: For telling a beautiful tale of an unbreakable bond and endless hope in the face of adversity, capturing two amazing performances from his young leads, and making a film that moved this jury. We eagerly await this director's next film.

Best Actress: Saskia Rosendahl in Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany, Australia and UK
Special Mention for Acting: Eloise Laurence in Broken, Rufus Norris, UK
Best Actor: Tim Roth in Broken, Rufus Norris, UK
VIASAT Film Rising Star: Nermina Lukac in Äta sova dö (Eat Sleep Die), Gabriela Pichler, Sweden

Best Script: Andrew Dominik for Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik, USA
Best Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw for Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany, Australia and UK
Best Music Award: Max Richeter for Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany, Australia and UK

FIPRESCI Prize: Everyday, Michael Winterbottom, UK (film was shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time)
Telia Film Award: Una Noche, Lucy Mulloy, USA, UK and Cuba
Silver Audience Award: Call Girl, Mikael Marcimain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland

Stockholm Feature Film Award: director Amanda Adolfsson and producer Gila Bergqvist-Ulfung with the film project Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell)
1Km Film Scholarship: Johanna Paulsdotter for Århundradets Brott (Damaged Ones), Sweden

Best Short Film: Curfew, Shawn Christesen, USA
iFestival Winner: Bejamin's Flowers, Malin Erixon, Sweden

Stockholm Achievement Award: Willem Dafoe
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: Jan Troell
Stockholm Visionary Award: Jacques Audiard

There are several must be seen movies in this list, hope to be able to watch as soon as possible.

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