'Solitary' receives Ingmar Bergman award

Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In,” an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s bestseller scripted by the author himself, nabbed the Nordic Film Award, which includes a cash prize of $15,740, and the Kodak Nordic Vision Award, worth nearly $8,000 in film stock, for lenser Hoyte van Hoytema as the 31st Gothenburg fest drew to a close.

A world preem in Gothenburg, “Right One” is an atmospheric romantic horror fantasy reminiscent of the work of Stephen King and Ann Rice. After international preem at Rotterdam fest, it’s slated to hit Swedish hardtops April 18.

Spain’s Jaime Rosales scored the Ingmar Bergman Intl. Debut Award for “Solitary Fragments,” a gripping study of women as mothers, daughters, partners and victims.

Both the Church of Sweden Film Award and FIPRESCI prize went to Danish “Go With Peace Jamil” by Omar Shargawi. Powerful drama about futility of revenge also landed a Rotterdam Tiger award and will next screen in Berlin’s “Generation 14+.”

Patrik Eklund’s poignant and humorous “Instead of Abracadabra” triumphed in juried Swedish shorts competition and as Audience Choice.

Docu “Three Miles North of Molkom” by Robert Cannan and Corinna Villari-McFarlane of the U.K., about two weeks of new age group therapy, an annual event at Sweden’s Angsbacka, captured feature Audience Choice Award.

A new prize for the best Swedish producer of the past year was handed to Fredrik Heining for “Darling,” directed by Johan Kling.

Programming at fest and concurrent Nordic Film Market proved Scandinavian cinema continues to be enriched by feature debuts from helmers with Middle Eastern roots. In addition to Denmark’s Omar Shargawi, notable newcomers include Sweden’s Mani Maserrat-Agah whose charming romantic comedy “Ciao Bella” will screen in Berlin’s “Generation 14+” and Shahriyar Latifzadeh who just completed “Love 3000.”

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