Two female newcomers – Odell and Magnason - in focus at the Guldbagge gala
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Swedish director Anna Odell’s first feature and Swedish-Icelandic singer-songwriter Edda Magnason’s film debut awarded at the Swedish Film Institute’s 50th anniversary awards
Swedish director Anna Odell (40) and Swedish-Icelandic singer-songwriter-musician Edda Magnason (29) were in focus last night (January 20) at Stockholm’s Circus, where the Swedish Film Institute for the 50th time announced the Guldbagge awards, Sweden’s national film prize.
A graduate from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art, Odell – whose only film so far was part of her 2009 thesis – won two major awards for her feature debut, The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] (Best Film: Producer Mathilde Dedye, Best Screenplay: Odell). Screening in the My Own Private Europe series at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 22-February 2), it won the international critics’ FIPRESCI prize for Best First Feature in Venice 2013.
Born in Sweden, to an Icelandic father, Magnason began writing electronic music with English lyrics when she was 16, and released her first album in 2010. She received the Guldbagge for Best Actress in Danish director Per Fly’s Waltz for Monica [+see also:
interview: Edda Magnason
interview: Per Fly
The biopic of Swedish legendary singer-actress Monica Zetterlund (who herself became an actress, to win Guldbaggar for Tage Danielsson’s Äppelkriget (1971) and Jan Troell’s The New Land (1972)), cashed in on four of 11 nominations: Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (Sverrir Gudnason) and Best Costume Design (Kicki Ilander). The Lena Rehnberg production for StellaNova Film has taken 520,000 admissions domestically.
FULL LIST OF SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE’S 2014 GULDBAGGE AWARDS:
Best Film: The Reunion. Prod: Mathilde Dedye
Best Director: Per Fly, for Waltz for Monica
Best Actress: Edda Magnason, for Waltz for Monica
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anna Bjelkerud, for Hotell. Dir: Lisa Langseth
Best Supporting Actor: Sverrir Gudnason, for Waltz for Monica
Best Screenplay: Anna Odell, for The Reunion
Best Editing: Håkan Wärn, for Shed No Tears. Dir: Måns Mårlind-Björn Stein
Best Costume Design: Kicki Ilander, for Waltz for Monica
Best Sound Design: Mattias Eklund, for Shed No Tears
Best Set Design: Paola Holmér, Linda Janson, for We Are the Best!
Best Documentary: Belleville Baby. Dir: Mia Engberg
Best Short: On Suffocation. Dir: Jenifer Malmqvist
Best Achievement: Sound engineer Owe Svensson
The Gullspira Award (for extraordinary contributions to films for children and youth audiences: Director Lukas Moodysson
Lifetime Achievement Award: Producer Kalle Boman
The Audience Award: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Dir: Felix Herngren
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