Lisa Olin's 'Simon And The Oaks' Nominated for 13 'Swedish Oscars'
The period drama will screen at this year's Berlin Film Festival and is already a hot candidate for the 2013 Oscars.
COLOGNE, Germany – The 1940s period drama Simon And The Oaks from director Lisa Ohlin has received a record 13 nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, the local equivalent of the Oscars.
The coming-of-age tale, based on the bestselling novel by Marianne Fredriksson, is set in rural Sweden in the 1940s and tells the story of Simon, a bookish boy from a working class family who befriends Erik, a Jewish boy whose family fled Nazi Germany.
Simon and the Oaks picked up Guldbagge noms in virtually every category, including best film, best director and best actress for Helen Sjoholm. In three categories – music, set design and visual effect, Simon and the Oaks is the only film nominated. The only Guldbagge snubs were for the film's two leads: Bill Skarsgard, who plays Simon and Stefan Godicke, who plays Erik.
Simon And The Oaks bowed at number one in Sweden in early December and has earned around $1 million so far at the Swedish and Norwegian box office. The film will screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 12 and 13 and at the Berlin Film Festival in February. NonStop is handling sales.
Other major Guldbagge contenders include Ruben Ostlund's crime drama Play, with six nominations and She Monkeys, the debut feature from Lisa Aschan about the complicated relationship between two driven female athletes, which picked up four Guldbagge noms.
The winners of this year's Guldbagge awards will be announced in Stockholm on Jan. 23.
The Guldbagge nominees are:
Simon and the Oaks
Lisa Aschan for She Monkeys
Ruben Ostlund for Play
Lisa Ohlin for Simon and the Oaks
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Ann Petren for Happy End
Magdalena Poplawska for Between 2 Fires
Helen Sjoholm for Simon and the Oaks
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Sven-Bertil Taube for A One-way to Antibes
Mikael Persbrandt for Stockholm East
Kevin Vaz for Play
Best Acress in a Supporting Role
Helen Bergstrom for Somewhere Else
Liv Mjones for With Every Heartbeat
Cecilia Nilsson for Simon and the Oaks
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Johan Widerberg and Peter Andersson for Happy End
Jan Josef Liefers for Simon and the Oaks
Pernilla Oljelund for Stockholm East
Josefine Adolfsson and Lisa Aschan for She Monkeys
Ruben Ostlund for Play
Per Kallberg for Stockholm East
Marius Dybwad Brandrud for Play
Dan Lausten for Simon and the Oaks
Goran Olsson for The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Jacob Schulsinger for Play
Kasper Leick and Michal Leszczylowski for Simon and the Oaks
Pia Aleborg for Play
Katja Watkins for Simon and the Oaks
Andreas Franck for She Monkeys
Jason Luke for Simon and the Oaks
Linda Boije of Gennas for Simon and the Oaks
Annette Focks for Simon and the Oaks
Best Set Design
Anders Engelbrecht, Folke Stromback and Lena Selander for Simon and the Oaks
Best Visual Effects
Lars Erik Hansen and Marcus Brodersen for Simon and the Oaks