‘R’ roars at Gothenburg festival

Pic takes Dragon Award for best feature

Danish prison movie “R,” helmed by Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer won Dragon Award for Nordic feature and the Fipresci critics’ award at Sweden’s 33rd Gothenburg Film Festival on a snowy Saturday night.

“R,” the study of the power hierarchy in a Danish prison seen through the eyes of a young prisoner, was produced by Rene and Tomas Radoor for Nordisk Film.

Pic is similar in look and theme to Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” France’s Oscar foreign-language nominee, a tough act to follow.

The audience Dragon for Nordic film went to Margreth Olin’s “The Angel,” a tale of drug addiction that played in competition in Toronto’s Discovery section.

The Ingmar Bergman Debut award went to Dutch film “Can Go Through Skin,” by Esther Rots. In what must be one of the fest world’s most unusual honors, winner gets an inscribed rock from the beach at Faro where Bergman’s home was plus a week’s stay during the Bergman Film Festival.

Among other awards: “Familia,” by Mikael Wistrom and Alberto Herskovitz, nabbed Swedish documentary; and “Oh helga natt,” by Niklas Andersson, took the Dragon for new talent.

The fest sold 130,400 tickets to 32,000 visitors for 720 screenings of 450 films from 78 countries.

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