'The Reunion,' 'Waltz For Monica' Split Sweden's Guldbagge Awards

Sweden's Shooting Star Edda Magnason in Waltz for Monica
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Anne Odell's drama set at a class reunion and Per Fly's jazz biopic dominate Sweden's version of the Oscars.

A devastating school reunion, a box office hit about the life of a 60s jazz sensation and a children's film about an all-girl 80s punk band were the big winners at this year's Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's version of the Oscars, which were held in Stockholm Monday night.

Anne Odell's The Reunion won best film as well as best screenplay for Odell's script, set at a fateful 20th high school reunion.  But it was Per Fly's jazz biopic Waltz For Monica that danced away with the night, taking best directing honors and two acting nods – best actress for star Edda Magnason as Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund and best supporting actor for Sverrir Gudnason as Zetterlund's husband and band mate Sture Akerberg. Waltz For Monica also won the Guldbagge for best costume design.

Swedish star Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World) took home his second best actor Guldbagge, winning for his starring role in Kjell-Ake Andersson's Nobody Owns Me.

The rest of the night's honors were divided up among several Swedish titles with only one other multiple winner: Lukas Moodysson's We Are the Best! The graphic novel adaptation, about a trio of misfits who form a punk band, won awards for best make up and best set design with Moodysson winning a special award for “extraordinary contributions in films for children.”

Swedish box office smash The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, took this year's audience award. Cannes winner Blue Is the Warmest Color won the best foreign language film honor.

The Guldbagge – or Golden Beetle – Awards, presented by the Swedish film institute and the country's highest cinema honor, celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.