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Golden Beetle: Swedish film awards

Bullying drama gets Best Film award

"Encourage this kind of filmmaking in Sweden"
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Anna Odell won two awards with the film The Reunion. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT.

The bullying drama The Reunion (Återträffen) won awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay at Monday night's Swedish Golden Beetle national film awards gala. It is the second consecutive year that the Best Film award has gone to a first-time female director, and the third consecutive year that a female director has won Best Film.

A few years ago, for an art school exam, the director and scriptwriter Anna Odell caused controversy when she pretended to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge and then faked a psychosis at a mental institution. This time around, she played the lead role in her film The Reunion, which is set at a school reunion where Odell's character is confronting bullies from her childhood.

Best Actress Award was given to another debutant, Edda Magnasson, the singer-songwriter who played the lead role in the biopic of the singer Monica Zetterlund, which also won the Best Director award for Denmark's Per Fly. Mikael Persbrandt took home Best Actor for his role as the alcoholic father in the film based on the best-selling book Mig Äger Ingen.

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