'Eat Sleep Die' Dominates Swedish Film Honors

Eat Sleep Die Cat - H 2012
The Swedish Film Database/Johan Lundborg

The movie won four major awards, political drama "Call Girl" won four technical honors, while Oscar contenders "Amour" and "Searching for Sugar Man" also picked up trophies.

Realism trumped film noir at this year's Guldbagge Awards, with politically motivated dramas Eat Sleep Die and Call Girl dominating Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, taking four trophies each.

Gabriela Pichler's Eat Sleep Die, the story of a young Balkan immigrant in Sweden who gets laid off from her factory job, won the best picture award, with Pilcher taking both the best director and best screenplay honors. Star Nermina Lukac won the best actress prize.

Call Girl, a political drama inspired by a real-life sex scandal among Sweden's top politicians, scooped up the bulk of the technical awards, including for set design, costume, sound and cinematography.

Olof Palme, the former prime minister of Sweden and one of the politicians implicated in the scandal as portrayed by Call Girl, is the subject of the documentary Palme, which won Guldbagges for best sound and best editing.

Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominated music documentary Searching for Sugar Man from Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul took the best documentary prize, while five-time Oscar nominee Amour from Michael Haneke added to its trophy case of awards with a Guldbagge for best foreign language film.

Veteran performer Johannes Brost won the best actor honor for his role as a 60-year-old party planner who finds his life turned upside down by a tragic accident in Alex Petersen's thriller Avalon, which also earned Peter Carlberg a best supporting actor honor.

Hans Alfredson, a veteran actor, director and screenwriter who last had walk-on roles in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and Everlasting Moments, received this year's lifetime achievement award at the Guldbagge awards ceremony.