Kidz In Da Hood raided the Guldbagge awards - Sweden 's national film awards - which the Swedish Film Institute presented at a ceremony Monday (22 Jan) in Stockholm 's Circus, televised by Swedish public broadcaster SVT1.
A 2006 update of Guttersnipes, filmed in 1944 and 1974, the contender for the Crystal Bear at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival, took four statuettes from four nominations, including Best Feature (producers Peter Holthausen, Pontus Sjoman), Best Director (Ylva Gustavsson, Catti Edfeldt), Best Original Screenplay (Ylva Gustavsson, Hans Renhall), Best Actor (Gustaf Skarsgard), and Best Musical Score (Fabian Torsson).
It left nothing for its main competitors, Jesper Ganslandt's Falkenberg Farewell - Sweden 's submission for the Oscars - and Anders Nilsson's When Darkness Falls, which has been selected for Berlin 's Panorama. Both came up empty-handed despite four nominations each.
The remaining awards went to Haddy Jallow, who won Best Actress for her performance in Daniel Fridell's Say That You Love Me; Mans Marlind-Bjorn Stein's Storm, which took the prize for Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren); the Audience Guldbagge went to Johan Brisinger's Wonderful Beloved; Asa Blanck-Johan Palmgren's The Substitute took Best Documentary and Jonas Odell Never Like the First Time! won Best Short.
The jury of 33 film professionals chose German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives Of Others as Best Foreign Film. Veteran film critic Nils Petter Sundgren received this year's Honorary Guldbagge, director Catti Edfeldt a Golden Sprout for her work with children's films, and the Ingmar Bergman Award went to actress Angela Kovacs.
A Gilda Film production in collaboration with local distributor Sonet Film and Sandrew Metronome, Kidz In Da Hood is the story of Amina (Beylula Kidane Adgoy), who has immigrated to Sweden with her grandfather. After three years, but before they have their residence permits, her granddad dies. She goes into hiding with Johan (Skarsgard), a pierced hard rocker, and suddenly she is not alone in her fight to stay in Sweden - and with Johan.
Prior to the launch of the Goteborg International Film Festival on Friday (Jan 26), the festival had organised screenings of the Guldbagge nominees for Best Feature and asked local audiences to vote. The winner was also Kidz In Da Hood, which will receive the Goteborg grand prix of approxiamately $7,100 (Eu5,500) at the opening ceremony. - The Association of Swedish Film Critics has also awarded its annual Greta (Garbo) statuette for Best Feature 2006, which went to Falkenberg Farewell.