The Selfish Giant leaves with 7.3 kilo Bronze Horse from Stockholm’s film festival
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- UK director Clio Barnard’s feature debut won top prize at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival for “the most touching portrayal of friendship we have seen in film,” as the jury explained
UK director Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant [+see also:
interview: Clio Barnard
interview: Clio Barnard
film profile] (photo), about the friendship between two young lads and their dealings with a local scrap dealer in the outskirts of Bradford, won the 7.3 kilo Bronze Horse Grand Prix for Best Film at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended yesterday (November 17).
“Shattering, to the point, poetic, believable, delicate, humorous. The sensitive interaction between the two lead actors has resulted in the most touching portrayal of friendship we have seen in film,” said the jury of Barnard’s first feature, which was launched during the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes to win the Europa Cinemas Label.
US director Ryan Coogler’s feature debut, Last stop Fruitvale Station, which took both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award when premiered at Sundance, was named Best First Film. “It is both a brutal eye-opener and a masterful cinematic achievement,” was how the jury saw the real-life depiction of the last day in the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III, before he was fatally shot by US Police on New Year’s Day 2009.
Focussing on freedom – “the common thread running through the entire programme,” according to festival director Git Scheynius - the Swedish showcase this year displayed 180 features in a programme concluded by UK director Stephen Frears’ Philomena [+see also:
interview: Stephen Frears
film profile]. French director Claire Denis – “a filmmaker who continues to seek what others turn away from, always fearless and with a rare eye for visual poetry” – picked up the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award, while UK director Peter Greenaway left with the Stockholm Visionary Award.
FULL LIST OF STOCKHOLM 2013 AWARDS
Best Film: The Selfish Giant. Dir: Clio Barnard (UK)
Best First Film: Last stop Fruitvale Station. Dir: Ryan Coogler (US)
Best Short Film: Tears of Inge. Dir: Alisi Telengut (Canada)
Citroën DS Rising Star: Swedish actor Adam Lundgren
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: French director Claire Denis
Stockholm Visionary Award: UK director Peter Greenaway
1 km film – Scholarship: Spring. Dir: John Skoog (Sweden)
Ifestival Award: Swear. Dir: Lea Becker (Germany)