Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's Let The Right One In (Låt
Den Rätte Komme In) won two prizes in the Nordic competition at Sweden's Gothenburg International Film Festival.
The romantic horror film based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about a 12-year-boy who meets avampire girl picked up the Nordic Film Award's$15,700 prize and Dragon statuette. It also claimed the$7,750 Kodak Nordic Vision Award for Best Cinematography (Hoyle van Hoytema) at the awards ceremony in Gothenberg's Börsen.
The John Nordling-Carl Molinderproduction for ETI has been picked up by Germany's BavariaFilm International for foreign sales. It will be released domestically by Sandrew Metronome Sweden on April 18.
Given for the second time, the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award went to Spanish director Jaime Rosales for Solitary Fragments (La Soledad)
Danish-Palestinian director Omar Shargawi's Go With Peace Jamil (Ma Salama Jamil-Gå Med Fred Jamil) - an Arabic tale that takes place in Scandinavia - bagged the $7,850 Church of Sweden Award and the international critics FIRESCI award
Swedish director Patrik Edlund's Instead of Abracadabra (I
stället for Abrakadabra) was bestowed with one of the local film world's most valuable trophies, the Bratek Short Film Award, consisting of technical services worth $143,500 adding $15,700 cash from the Swedish Film Institute.
Another significant accolade: the Stockholm PostProduction's Producer Award Lorens - free development of the producer's nextfeature (estimated $78,500) went to Fredrik Heining, who realised Johan Kling's
Darling, the recent winner of two Guldbagger, Sweden's national film awards.
Among eight entries premiered in the showcase, Swedishdirector Ulf Friberg's Borta Bra received the $31,500 prize for Best Novella
from public broadcaster SVT and the Swedish Film Institute, while Andrea Östlund's Majken became the audience's favourite. Nine new films will roll fornext year's competition
At a press conference Sunday (Feb 3) festival director Marit
Kapla announced that her debut programme had sold a record number of 124,000 tickets for 750 screenings of more than 450 films from 67 countries.
Festival hits included the New Mexico sidebar, with Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (currently shooting Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth at Trollhättan) introducing his directorial debut, Deficit, hosting a master class and performing as DJ at the opening party.