US director Laurie Collyer became the second woman to receive the grandprix - the Bronze Horse - at the Stockholm International Film Festival, as thejury Saturday (Nov 25) named her feature debut, Sherrybaby, best film in competition with another 19 entries, andits star Maggie Gyllenhaal was named best actress.
The jury called the film "apure and heartbreaking work about survival and dignity." Sherrybaby is about asingle mother's struggle to prove herself after she is released from jail.
In a showcase dominated bynewcomers - a third of the 169 entries were made by first-time directors - US actor Ryan Gosling's performance in Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson garnered him the best actorprize, while Spanish director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's Darkbluealmostblack wonfor best directorial debut.
Australian director RayLawrence's Jindabyne was recognised forbest screenplay by Beatrix Christian, and UK director Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotlandwon for best cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.
The Star! audienceaward went to US directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Little Miss Sunshine, while Chinese director Wang Chao's Adults Only was voted Best Short.
The international criticsgave their FIPRESCI kudos to Jindabyneand Norwegian director Stefan Faldbakken's Uro(best Scandinavian film).
During the festival's 17thedition the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to SwedishHollywood director Lasse Hallstrom, while US director Darren Aronofsky received the StockholmVisionary Award.