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This year's top Swedish films

Published måndag 4 januari 2016 kl 16.05
"I'm happy, happy, happy. What year was that?"
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Shima Niavarani. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.
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Shima Niavarani was nominated for a Guldbagge for best actress for her role as Shima in She's Wild Again Tonight. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.
Stina Gardell and Stig Björkman. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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Stina Gardell (left) and Stig Björkman made the documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, which is up for a Guldbagge. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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Some of the nominees who are up for a Guldbagge, the Swedish equivalent of an Academy Award, this year. Photo: Radio Sweden

Drifters and En Man som heter Ove picked up six nominations each during the announcement in Stockholm on Monday morning, of which films and people were in the running for a Guldbagge, or the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar.

The writer and director of Drifters, Peter Grönlund, said he'd only been told on the phone that he was nominated for best director, so when he got to the nomination announcements and found out he was also in the running for having written the best screenplay, he was happily surprised. He told Radio Sweden it gave him confidence to direct a film he had written.

Drifters is a movie about a friendship on the far fringes of society in Stockholm, and it also picked up nominations in the categories of best actress (Malin Levanon), best editing (Kristoffer Nordin), and best costume design (Mia Andersson), and best production design (Kajsa Severin).

The three films nominated for best picture were En Man som heter Ove, The Here After and My Skinny Sister, while the three up for best documentary were Every Face Has a Name, Detained, and Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.

Stina Gardell, who produced the documentary about Ingrid Bergman, told Radio Sweden that she was surprised to learn how modern and intelligent the Swedish movie star was. 

"She was like a role model in many senses. She was struggling with being a woman - both loving to work and loving to be with her family," Gardell said, adding that she finds herself in a similar situation.

Up for best actress were Félice Jankell, for her role in Young Sophie Bell; Malin Levanon, for her role in Drifters; and Shima Niavarani, for her role in She's Wild Again Tonight, a modern feminist take on August Strindberg's play Miss Julie.

Most of the acting in She's Wild Again Tonight is carried by just two actors: Niavarani and her co-star. Niavarani told Radio Sweden that she was the only professional actor in the film - that for the others, it was their first film. "So it was a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, but I loved it," she said, adding that the experience was liberating and helped her get outside of the norms of working with film.

In all, 26 films snagged nominations this year, and for the first time ever in Guldbaggen history, a woman is up for best cinematographer - Linda Wassberg for Det Vita Folket.

Up for best foreign film are Carol, Leviatan, and Timbuktu.

From March 4-6, Filmhuset in Stockholm will screen many of the nominated films for the public, for free.

The winners of Guldbaggen will be named at a gala ceremony on Monday, 18 January, in Stockholm.

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