The drama about a black teenager growing up in the suburbs of Paris was praised by the Stockholm prize jury for its "energetic storytelling style, where a young woman goes through several epic transformations. Marieme charges forward through snares and dead-ends, not knowing where to go, but determined to survive. Girlhood fills a gap in the stories that get told about Paris. As Marieme relates to the diverse characters in her world, the acting and directing strike complex notes. Ultimately, we see this young woman as a whole person, and we wonder and care about what will happen to her next."
"Girlhood" director of photography, Crystel Fournier, also claimed the prize for best cinematography, shared with her camerawork for "These Are the Rules," the Croatian drama that also took acting prizes for stars Emir Hadzihafizbegovic and Jasna Zalica, who play a couple who lose their teenage son.
Best debut prize went to South Korean drama "A Girl at My Door" by July Jung.
The Stockholm rising star award, given to a upcoming Swedish actor, went to Julia Ragnarsson, who has appeared in several films and was in the second season of Danish-Swedish TV crime drama, "The Bridge".
Director Celine Sciamma was in Stockholm for the festival and spoke to Radio Sweden's Brett Ascarelli about her film. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link.