'R' takes top prize at Goteborg

Debut feature receives Dragon Award for best Nordic film

BERLIN -- "R," the debut feature from Danish first-timers Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer, won the top prize, the Dragon Award for best Nordic film, at Sweden's Goteborg International Film Festival, which wrapped on Feb. 8. "R," a hard-hitting prison drama, also took the international critics' FIPRESCI prize for best film.

Lindholm is looking like a talent to watch. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Thomas Vinterberg's "Submarino," which will debut in competition Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival.

"Can Go Through Skin" from Dutch director Esther Rots won Goteborg's Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, while the audience award went to "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls" from New Zealand's Leanne Pooley.

Goteborg, considered the top festival for the Scandinavian film industry, also includes a three-day Nordic Film Market, which this year played host to more than 300 international film execs.