Swedish director Roy Andersson's You, the Living (Du levande) won three Guldbagge awards - the Swedish national film prizes - as the Swedish Film Institute last night celebrated the 2007 film crop at a ceremony in Stockholm's Cirkus.
Andersson's film - Sweden's official Oscar candidate, which didn't make it to the shortlist, though - was awarded for Best Film (producer Pernilla Sandström), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (Andersson), cashing in on three out of four nominations
Main competitor, Johan Kling's Darling, which was originally considered in six categories, left with two statuettes, including Michael Segerström for Best Actor and Geir Hartly Andreassen for Best Cinematography.
On Sunday, You, the Living received the Göteborg Film Festival's $7,375 (Eu5,250) prize for Best Film 2007, after an audience vote. Darling became the 2007 favourite of the Swedish Critics' Assciation.
Local blockbuster, Peter Flinth's Arn: The Knight Templar (Arn: Tempelriddaren) - Scandinavia's most expensive film project so far - bagged the Audience Award, the Best Supporting Actress Award (Bibi Andersson) and Best Achievement Awards for Best Stunts and Best Costumes.
Produced by Andersson's own Studio 24 in Stockholm, which has just embarked on his next project, You the, Living was last year's most frequent Swedish festival traveller, and has been sold to 28 countries, including the US, by The Coproduction Office.
'A comedy of the human condition, where humour and wit - to my knowledge the best means to deal with the erratic nature of life - becomes a way of survival,' is how he describes his film, which was launched in competition at Cannes and earned a Silver Hugo in Chicago.