Academy Award-hopeful Lukas Moodysson dominated the nominations for Sweden's equivalent of the Oscars, the Guldbaggen.
Moodysson's dark drama Lilja 4-Ever earned six nods, including best film and best director, when the Swedish Film Institute unveiled its nominations on Wednesday. The film's two young Russian actors, Oksana Akinsjina and Artiom Bogutjarskij, were nominated in the best actress and actor sections, where they will compete with far more established Swedish actors. The Russian-language film, submitted as Sweden's entry for the foreign-language Oscars, also picked up nods for best script and best cinematography.
Vying for the silverware at the ceremony on February 3 will be last year's biggest local hit, The Guy In The Grave Next Door. The romantic drama about a librarian who falls in love with a farmer collected five nominations, including best film and best director for Kjell Sundvall.
The third title in the race for best film is Richard Hobert's Everyone Loves Alice. Mikael Persbrandt, who stars in the divorce drama, was nominated best actor, although the film's Lena Endre was surprisingly absent from the nominations for best actress.
The nominations for best foreign film are Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without A Past, Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums.