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COLOGNE, Germany — Debra Granik‘s hillbilly noir Winter’s Bonechilled Holly Hunter and the rest of the jury at the Stockholm International Film Festival and walked home with the festival’s top prize, the Bronze Horse for best film. Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as a hard-boiled Ozark mountain girl trying to keep her family together as she tracks down her drug-dealing dad, won for best actress.
Stockholm’s jury, made up of Hunter, directors Tarik Saleh and Johan Kling, producer Fredrik Wikstrom and journalist Carole Horst were unanimous in their praise for the Winter’s Bone, which has been racking up accolades since its Grand Jury winning debut in Sundance. The film has also been a sleeper hit for Roadside Attractions, taking in $6.2 million in limited release in the U.S.
“The jury surrendered to a world so fully described by the director and a protagonist’s dilemma in a community seldom represented in America,” the jury said in a statement. “Through her heroine, the director paints an original portrait of a matriarchy who, by turns, warns, punishes, and ultimately offers an unlikely deliverance.”
Other Stockholm winners included Vietnamese director Dang Di Phan, who took the best first film prize for his drama Bi, don’t be afraid; George Pistereanu, best actor winner for his turn in Romanian juvenile delinquency drama If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle and Australia’s David Michod, who won best screenplay for the script to his crime tale Animal Kingdom.
Shane Meadows‘ period drama This is England ’86 and Lucy Walker‘s documentary Waste Land jointly shared Stockholm’s audience award.
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