×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Firecrackers,’ ‘Skate Kitchen’ Win Top Awards at Female-Centric Stockholm Film Festival

Jasmin Mozaffari’s “Firecrackers” and Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” a pair of bold and timely North American features, won best film and best debut at the 29th edition of the Stockholm Film Festival, whose awards were almost entirely scooped by female talents.

“Firecrackers,” which world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, marks the feature debut of Canadian helmer Mozaffari. The drama follows two best friends who plot a revenge against an abusing ex who violated one of them. But things spin out of control beyond a point of no return.

The festival praised “Firecrackers” for “its originality in portraying the love between two friends, in its urge for freedom, autonomy, loyalty in a violent world, and bringing us to situations in a way that we have never seen before.”

It’s “a perfectly directed film where all elements come together in a unique universe of its own,” the festival added.

Mozaffari has said in interviews that she was driven to make the film because she had been a victim of sexual harassment when she was 15. “Firecracker’s” Michaela Kurimsky won best actress for her performance, which was described by the festival as “dangerous, sensitive, explosive, strong, intelligent, unpredictable, creative and complex.”

Moselle, meanwhile, nabbed best debut with “Skate Kitchen,” which previously won the audience prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie is a multiracial portrait of a female skater crew in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Variety’s Andrew Barker said: “’Skate Kitchen’ has plenty to say about the lengths to which young women must go to clear out a little breathing room in testosterone-heavy spaces, but it is first and foremost an irresistible hangout movie, offering a thoroughly millennial, vérité spin on ’80s skater classics like ‘Thrashin.'”

The festival said the film won best debut for “its freshness and innovation in taking risks and challenging stereotypes, for being authentic in depicting love, friendship and youth, with its honest and complex characters.”

An up-and-coming helmer, Moselle won Sundance’s 2015 jury prize with her documentary “The Wolfpack.”

The best director prize went to German helmer Eva Trobisch for “All Good,” a fierce feature debut revolving around a young woman who is raped but refuses to be victim. The movie was a standout at Locarno, where it won the first-feature competition.

“All Good” uses a “coherent and subtle film-language [portraying] a character who shrinks her own mental space until there is nothing left, trying to refuse the reality that eats her up from inside,” the festival said.

Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” which won Cannes’ Jury Prize, received Stockholm’s best script award. The heart-wrenching film follows a 12-year-old boy who sues his parents for neglect. The Stockholm nod was given to Labaki, Jihad Hojeily and Michelle Kesrouani, who penned the screenplay in collaboration with Georges Kabbaz (with the participation of Khaled Mouzanar).

“Capernaum” represents Lebanon in the foreign-language Oscar race and is being handled by Sony Pictures Classics.

The best actor nod was awarded to Victor Polster for his performance in Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” which won Cannes’ Golden Camera and was picked up by Netflix. Polster, who stars in the movie as a transgender teen who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, won best actor at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Brazilian writer-director Beatriz Seigner’s “Los Silencios” won this year’s Impact Award. The film, which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, is a supernatural drama about a family torn by Colombia’s civil conflict.

The best cinematography award went to Hiroshi Okayama for “Jesus,” while the best documentary nod was given to exiled Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky’s “Putin Witnesses.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • disney d23

    Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther's Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

    Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Samara Weaving and Adam Brody Big

    'Ready or Not': That Time Samara Weaving Hit Andie MacDowell in the Face

    Samara Weaving didn’t mean to hurt Andie MacDowell, but she did just that while they were rehearsing for their new horror dark comedy “Ready or Not.” “I hit Andie MacDowell in the face by accident,” Weaving says on this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “It was horrible. It was [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • Tom Holland'Spider-Man: Homecoming' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Tom Holland Addresses Spider-Man’s Studio Divorce at D23: ‘I Love You 3000’

    British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Headlines have been rolling in for days about the contentious battle for the cinematic future of the hero, after Sony Pictures became unwilling to [...]

  • Soul Movie

    Pixar's 'Soul' Announces Voice Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to Star

    Disney debuted a first look at upcoming Pixar film “Soul” at the D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif. and announced its star-studded voice cast. “Soul” imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content