Golden Bugs swarm to trio of Swedish pics

Hafstrom, Troell, August share main noms

COPENHAGEN — Three Swedish features shared the main nominations as the Swedish Film Institute Monday announced the candidates for the 2001 Golden Bugs, the local equivalent of the Oscars.

Swedish directors Mikael Hafstrom’s “To Live Life,” Jan Troell’s “As White as in Snow” and Danish director Bille August’s “A Song for Martin” were all nominated for feature, director, script and cinematography.

Hafstrom’s second movie after “Vendetta,” about life in suburban Stockholm, received another three nods for actor, supporting actress and supporting actor, while August’s leads, the late Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter, got the chance to add local laurels to their acting prizes from Karlovy Vary.

Both August and Troell’s features are produced by Danish companies, Moonlight Productions and Nordisk Film, respectively, while “To Live Life” is staged by Swedish producer Anna Anthony for new production house Indiana Film.

U.K.-Swedish director Colin Nutley’s “The Bomber” garnered three nominations, for actress, supporting actress and supporting actor, and there was one each for Kjell-Ake Andersson’s “Family Secrets,” Marie-Louise Ekman’s “Powder,” Daniel Alfredson’s “Love Between the Wars” and Kjell Sundvall’s “Beck — Revenge.”

Presentation of the Golden Bugs winners will be televised Jan. 28 from the Goteborg Opera House.

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