Stockholm’s Bronze Horse goes to Felipe Gálvez Haberle’s The Settlers
by Jan Lumholdt
- The revisionist western has won the top prize at the 34th edition of the Swedish gathering, with the UK’s Molly Manning Walker grabbing two awards for How to Have Sex
A strong year for Chilean cinema proved to be a more-than-fair assessment as the 34th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival came to an end on Sunday night after the awards had been handed out to worthy recipients on Friday.
The winner of the heaviest award, the 7.3 kg Bronze Horse, was Felipe Gálvez Haberle’s debut feature, The Settlers [+see also:
interview: Felipe Gálvez
film profile], captivating the jury through its “intense statement on colonialism and the corrupting mechanism of power that is as uncomfortable and mesmerising as it is intellectually stimulating”, as part of their highly appreciative statement read. The Settlers, Chile’s 2024 Oscars submission, is a revisionist western set in the southernmost part of Chile in the late 19th century and deals with the brutal treatment of the indigenous Ona natives.
Also from Chile are the winners of Stockholm’s Best Documentary and Best Short Awards – respectively, Maite Alberdi’s previous Sundance winner The Eternal Memory and Nemo Arancibia’s Cuarto de Hora. Another very well received title was Lone Scherfig’s Chilean-set The Movie Teller [+see also:
film profile], playing out of competition.
Another successful winner was the UK’s Molly Manning Walker, who grabbed both the Best Director Award and the Best First Feature gong for How to Have Sex [+see also:
interview: Molly Manning Walker
film profile], whose winning streak seems quite unstoppable, with multiple nominations for the upcoming British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards. A double win was also a feat achieved by the leads in the Brazilian-Portuguese picture Toll [+see also:
film profile], directed by Carolina Markowicz, with the Best Actress Award going to Maeve Jinkins and the male equivalent given to Kauan Alvarenga. Best Screenplay went to Morocco’s Kamal Lazraq, the writer and director of Hounds [+see also:
interview: Kamal Lazraq
Earlier on during the festival, special, career-orientated awards were given to Ethan Hawke, Catherine Breillat and Ken Loach, whose latest features Wildcat, Last Summer [+see also:
interview: Catherine Breillat
film profile] and The Old Oak [+see also:
film profile] were also screened at the festival. The official 2023 jury consisted of producer Jesper Kurlandsky, actress Asta Kamma August and director Ernst de Geer.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Best First Feature
How to Have Sex – Molly Manning Walker
Kauan Alvarenga - Toll
The Eternal Memory – Maite Alberdi (Chile)
Reality – Tina Satter (USA)
Cuarto de Hora – Nemo Arancibia (Chile/France)
Nikon Short Film Competition (60sek)
Final Countdown – Noah Ragert (Sweden – short film)
1 KM FILM Award
1 KM FILM Scholarship Recipient
1 KM FILM Honorary Mention
Rising Star Award
Stockholm Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
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