The Norwegian drama Beware of Children won the top prize for best Nordic film at this year’s Göteborg Film Festival.
Dag Johan Haugerud’s feature, which looks at the aftermath of a tragic event in a comfortable Oslo suburb, took the fest’s top Dragon Award, which comes with a cash prize of 1 million Swedish Crowns ($108,000).
Beware of Children star Henriette Steenstrup also took home Göteborg’s gender-neutral best acting award for her performance as Liv, the town’s school principal.
Henrik Schyffert’s feature debut Uje collected both the FIPRESCI international critics’ prize for best film and the audience award. The autobiographical comedy was adapted from the life and work of Swedish singer Uje Brandelius, who stars with his real-life family.
Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen won the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award — named for the Oscar-winning Swedish cameraman of Fanny and Alexander and The Unbearable Lightness of Being — for his lensing of Disco by director Jorunn Myklebust Syversen.
This year’s Dragon Award for best Nordic documentary went to Jussi Rastas and Jenni Kivistö for Colombia in My Arms, an examination of the controversial peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas.
David Zonana’s Workforce, which premiered in Toronto last year, nabbed the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, while Louise Archambault earned the Dragon Award for best international film for another TIFF title, the Quebecois drama And the Birds Rained Down.
Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard was awarded this year’s Nordic Honorary Dragon for lifetime achievement.
The Göteborg Film Festival, arguably the most important film event in Scandinavia, reached a notable milestone this year by achieving full 50-50 gender parity between male and female directors in its lineup.