Innocence by French director LucileHadzihalilovic won the award for best film at the 15th edition of the StockholmInternational Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday night.
Hadzihalilovic's firstfull-length feature tells the story of six-year-old Iris who arrives at theboarding school inside of a coffin. She has no idea of how or why she has endedup there, nor why the other girls tell her that she can never leave.
It is the first time everthat a female director has ever won Stokholm's Bronze Horse award. The filmalso won the award for best cinematography.
Lisa Blount won the awardfor best actress for her performance in Chrystal, while Peter Sarsgaardin Garden State was named best actor. French partners Jean-Pierre Bacriand Agnès Jaoui received the award for best script for Look at Me.
From the Nordic Lightssection, the FIPRESCI jury picked Finland's entry for the best foreign-languageOscar, Producing Adults by Aleksi Salmenpera. Cannes contender OldBoy by Park Chan-wook won the audience award.
This year's festivalscreened 160 features from more than 30 countries. One of the highlights of thefestival was the arrival of Oliver Stone, who visited the festival to receivethe Stockholm lifetime achievement award and to attend the European premiere ofhis latest film Alexander.
Other guests to visit thefestival include filmmakers Todd Solondz (Palindromes), JonathanCaouette and Michael Thornton (Tarnation), Paddy Breathnach (ManAbout Dog), Edgar Reitz (the Heimat triology), Bruce LaBruce (The RaspberryReich) and Lucille Hadzihalilovic (Innocence).