Borg vs. McEnroe, Janus Metz’ tennis drama centered around the legendary rivalry between John McEnroe and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg, leads the nominations for the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s top film honor.
Borg vs McEnroe received a total of 10 Guldbagge noms, including for best film, best director and best actor for Sverrir Gudnason, who portrays Borg in the biopic. Shia LaBeouf picked up a best supporting actor nominations for his performance as McEnroe, as did Stellan Skarsgard, who plays Borg’s Swedish coach.
Ruben Ostlund’s art scene satire The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, swept the European Film Awards and is on the foreign-language film shortlist for the upcoming Oscars, earned six Guldbagge mentions, including for best film, best director and best actor for Danish star Claes Bang. But that still lagged behind Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident (eight noms) and two Swedish period dramas, Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood and Jens Assur’s Ravens (seven noms each).
The Nile Hilton Incident is a film noir set against the events of the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt and stars Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) as a corrupt cop with a conscience. Fares was nominated in the best actor Guldbagge category for his performance.
Sami Blood stars first-timer Lene Cecilia Sparrok as a indigenous Sami girl who faces the brutal racism of 1930s Sweden. Sparrok picked up a Guldbagge nom for best actress.
Ravens is set in 1970s Sweden and stars veteran actor Reine Brynolfsson, as a farmer whose son dreams of escaping the traditional, hardscrabble existence working the land. Brynolfsson received a best actor Guldbagge nom.
Oscar winners Moonlight and Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman will compete against Robin Campillo French-language AIDS drama 120 Beats Per Minute in the best foreign-language film Guldbagge category.
This year’s Guldbagge Awards will include a new audience award, voted on by ordinary filmgoers.
Awarded by the Swedish Film Institute, the Guldbagge (Swedish for “Golden Beetle”) have been presented annually since 1964. The upcoming awards will be held Jan. 22 in Stockholm.