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Simon and the Oaks leads race for Sweden's Guldbaggar

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Simon and the Oaks leads race for Sweden's Guldbaggar

With 13 nominations, Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's new feature, Simon and The Oaks [pic], leads the race for the Swedish Guldbaggar - the country's national film prizes - which will be awarded during a televised ceremony in Stockholm's Cirkus on January 23.

Currently in Swedish cinemas, Ohlin's adaption of Swedish author Marianne Frederiksson's best-sellng novel will compete for, among others, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Helen Sjöholm) and Best Cinematography (Dan Lausten). A Swedish-Danish co-production by Christer Nilson (Götafilm AB) and Per Holst (Asta Film ApS), the drama of two families also stars Bill Skarsgård, Stefan Gödicke, Jonathan Wächter, Jan Josef Liefers and Karl Martin Eriksson.

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Both in the Best Film and Best Director categories, the film is up against Ruben Östlund's Play [+see also:
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, produced by Erik Hemmendorff, and Lisa Aschan's She Monkeys [+see also:
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, from Helene Lindholm. The secret ballot of the 43-member jury ranked Play in second place with seven nominations, and Ella Lemhagen's The Crown Jewels in third place with five. Designed by Karl Axel Pehrson, the Guldbagge beetle has been awarded since 1964.

Other nominations announced earlier today (January 4) included: Best Actress: Ann Petrén (Björn Runge's Happy End [+see also:
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), Magdalena Poplawska (Agnieszka Lukasiak's Between Two Fires [+see also:
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), Helen Sjöholm (Simon and the Oaks).

Best Actor: Mikael Persbrandt (Simon Kaijser da Silva's Stockholm East), Sven-Bertil Taube (Richard Hobert's A One-way To Antibes [+see also:
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), Kevin Vaz (Play).

Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bergström (Kjell-Åke Andersson's Somewhere Else), Liv Mjönes (Alexandra-Therese Keining's With Every Hearbeat), Cecilia Nilsson (Simon and the Oaks).

Best Supporting Actor: Peter Andersson (Happy End), Jan Josef Liefers (Simon and the Oaks), Johan Widerberg (Happy End).

Best Screenplay: Josefine Adolfsson, Lisa Aschan (She Monkeys), Pernilla Oljelund (Stockholm East), Ruben Östlund (Play).

Best Cinematography: Marius Dybwad Brandrud (Play), Per Källberg (Stockholm East), Dan Lausten (Simon and the Oaks).

Three candidates are vying for Best Foreign Film trophy: Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth [+see also:
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, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's A Separation and US director Debra Granik's Winter's Bone. At the awards ceremony there will also be Guldbaggar for Best Short, Best Documentary, an Honorary Prize and a Gullspira for extraordinary contributions to children's films.

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