Ruben Östlund tar emot en av flera baggar under Guldbaggegalan 2015. Foto: TT
The Swedish director pictured receiving one of several awards for his film Force Majeure. Photo: TT

Force Majeure wins record number of Swedish film awards

"I really wanted to beat Roy"
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The Swedish film industry celebrated its big night at the Guldbagge gala, Sweden's answer to the Oscars or the Bafta's, and winners get to take home a sculptural rendition of an oversized beetle. Last night, there were two winners in particular who got to celebrate, having made Guldbagge history.

There are nineteen categories you can win a Guldbagge for, and the big contenders going into last night's Guldbagge ceremony were A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence directed by Roy Andersson, Mikael Marcimain's Gentlemen, and Ruben Östlund's film Force Majeure.

Östlund's movie concerns how a wealthy family copes with the effects of an avalanche that nearly buries them early on in their vacation at a ski resort.

Perhaps appropriately then, the film was met with an avalanche of Guldbagges, a record six of them: winning for best picture, best screenplay, best cinematography, best editing, best actor in a supporting role, and best director.

When Östlund went up to the podium to collect that prize, he was so elated that he screamed an "avalanche scream".

Radio Sweden's Talib Yass spoke to Östlund after the good news, who was happy about winning out to Roy Andersson, one of Sweden's most renowned contemporary directors. Nevertheless, Östlund, is no stranger to the Guldbagges, having won for best director with his movie Play in 2011.

There was another first last night, too. Saga Becker, who won best actress in a leading role for playing Sebastian and Ellie in Something Must Break, became the first transgender person to win a Guldbagge. 

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