Sebbe surprise winner at Guldbagge ceremony
by Annika Pham
Babak Najafi’s directorial debut Sebbe [+see also:
film profile] was the surprise winner of the Best Film prize at the annual Swedish Guldbagge Awards ceremony, held last night in Stockholm.
The jury preferred Najafi’s drama, which grabbed Best Debut Film at last year’s Berlinale, over Pernilla August’s Beyond [+see also:
film profile]. The Swedish star actress’ directorial debut still won three awards: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (to Finnish-born Outi Mäenpää) and Best Editor (Åsa Mossberg).
The 2010 local and international hit Easy Money [+see also:
film profile] by Daniel Espinosa was awarded three Guldbagges: Best Actor (Joel Kinnaman), Best Cinematography (Aril Wretblad) and Best Technical Achievement (casting director Jeanette Klintberg).
Current Swedish hit House of Angels 3 by Colin Nutley won the Audience Award, Peter Dalle received Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Behind Blue Skies, Jonas Odell’s Tussilago won Best Short Film and Marcus Lindeen’s Regretters Best Documentary.
Actress Mona Malm (seen in several Bergman classics, including Fanny & Alexander) was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, while producer Lisbet Gabrielsson got the Gullspira for Extraordinary Contributions to Children’s Films.
This year’s jury comprised Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Bengt Forslund, Klaus Härö, Anna Carlson and Guldbagge chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (non-voting member).
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