You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘She Monkeys’ lauded at Gothenburg

Debut pic takes Dragon Award at fest

London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival.

The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s film as one that they “loved unconditionally” by a “new, very special talent.” The film also picked up a FIPRESCI critics award.

Derek Cianfrance’s painful story of a marriage falling apart, “Blue Valentine” won the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award.

In other awards, best Swedish documentary went to “I was Worth 50 Sheep” by Nima Sarvestani, about the oppression of women in Afghanistan; an audience choice award for best Nordic film to “I Miss You” by Ander Gronros and for best feature to feature length documentary “Tears of Gaza” by VIbeke Lokkeberg.

The Dragon award for new talent for international web-based short film went to Spain’s Roberto Perez Toldedo for “Los Gritones” (The Screamers).

Producers Mimmi Spang and Rebecka LaFrenz won the Lorens Award for feature “Sebbe”, which recently took best film at Sweden’s national Golden Bug awards. The prize consists of free development for their next feature worth around $47,000.

The festival’s opening film “King of Devil’s Island” by Norway’s Marius Holst won free film stock worth nearly $5,000 in the Kodak Nordic Vision Award; a Church of Sweden award went to documentary “Mother’s Comeback” by Asa Ekman.

More Scene

  • 'Cobra Kai' premiere

    ‘Cobra Kai’: Why Ralph Macchio Revisited 'Karate Kid' Character After 30 Years

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • Jennifer LopezTime 100 Gala - Red

    Time 100 Gala: J. Lo 'Feels Naked,' Shawn Mendes Performs, Kesha Hugs Parkland Survivors

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • Robert Downey Jr'Avengers: Infinity War' film

    'Avengers: Infinity War' Premiere Draws Largest Contingent of Marvel Superheroes

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • 'The Week Of' film premiere

    'The Week Of' Director Talks Reuniting With Adam Sandler After 'SNL'

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • Beautycon Festival

    Laverne Cox, Paris Hilton Promote Self-Love at Beautycon NYC

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

  • J.K. Rowling on the Future of

    J.K. Rowling on the Future of Harry Potter Stories on Stage

    London– A debut about the friendship – and rivalry – of two teenage girls, “She Monkeys” took the top $95,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the closing Saturday night (Feb 5) of the 34th edition of Sweden’s Gothenburg International Film Festival. The jury, headed by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, described Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content