Jasmin Mozaffari’s debut feature Firecrackers has won best film at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2018.
The Canadian drama, which premiered in Toronto, is about two young women desperate to escape their repressive small town; a night of debauchery could derail their future plans. Screen spoke to Mozaffari about the film after its debut.
The jury praised the film’s “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, a perfectly directed film where all elements come together in a unique universe of its own.”
The film also won Stockholm’s best actress prize for Michaela Kurimsky.
Also in the main competition, Eva Trobisch won best director for All Good; Crystal Moselle won best debut for Skate Kitchen; Victor Polster won best actor for Girl; and Hiroshi Okayama won best cinematography for Jesus.
Capernaum won best script for Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani, in collaboration with Georges Kabbaz and with the participation of Khaled Mouzanar.
Putin’s Witnesses by Vitaly Mansky won best documentary; Beatriz Seigner’s Los Silencios won the Stockholm Impact Award.
Alba August won the Stockholm Rising Star prize, with Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War winning the Fipresci prize.
In previously announced awards, Mary Harron won the lifetime achievement award, Asghar Farhadi was honoured with the visionary award, and Gunnel Lindblom won the Stockholm Achievement Award.
Judgement, by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez won best short and the short pitch prize went to Badet by Disa Östrand.
Julia Thelin won the 1 KM FILM scholarship, with an honourable mention to Ernst De Geer.