Roy Andersson's long-awaited return to feature films, Songs From The Second Floor (Sanger Fran Andra Vaningen), swept all the major awards at the Swedish film awards, the Guldbagga, which took place in Stockholm on Monday night.
The critically-acclaimed film, which took a jury prize at Cannes last year, won in all the categories it was nominated in, including best film, best direction and script for Roy Andersson and best cinematography for Istvan Borbas and Jesper Klevenas.
Songs was not nominated in the acting categories, as it is acted by amateurs, leaving room for a deserved best actress award for Lena Endre's performance in Liv Ullmann's Faithless and best actor prize for Kjell Bergqvist in Ulf Malmros' The Best Summer.
Acting veteran Bibi Andersson won best supporting actress for It Is Never As You Imagined and Said Oveissi picked up best supporting actor for Wings Of Glass.
Despite the fact that the nominations were a clear nod at young Swedish film-making and acting talent, it was established names that took all the awards, leaving none for crowd pleasers such as Josef Fares' Jalla! Jalla! and Lukas Moodysson's Together. Geir Hansteen-Jorgensen's The New Country, a TV series edited down to feature length which screens in the Forum at Berlin, also left without an award despite three nominations.
Actress Annalisa Ericson-Schildt, born in 1913, was given a life-time achievement award.