Writer-director Courtney Hunt's Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, where two single mothers – one white, one Mohawk – in dire straits dive into the border-smuggling underworld. Melissa Leo (above, with Michael O'Keefe), who has recently won best actress honors at the Marrakech Film Festival, stars.
Bronze Horse for Best Film: Frozen River by Courtney Hunt (above)
Best Directing Debut: Steve McQueen for Hunger
Honorable Mention Best First Feature: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire for Johnny Mad Dog
Best Actress: Zuzana Bydzovska for Country Teacher
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for Hunger
Best Scr.: Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund for Involuntary
Best Music Award: Krister Linder for Downloading Nancy
Best Cinematography: Divis Marek for Country Teacher
Best Short Film: Megatron by Marian Crisan
"For her impressive portrayals of some of the most memorable female characters in modern cinema. Some might be strong-willed, others more vulnerable, but they have all been depicted with intelligence and a precise feeling for their lives within. Few actors enter the big empty screen and inhabit it with the same grace, naturalness and confidence."
Stockholm Visionary Award 2008: Wong Kar Wai (image: Mattias Lindbäck )
"Mr Wong Kar Wai is a visionary director that has moved audiences in every corner of the world with his cinematic language. He has a unique abilty to cast the creatures of the night in a romantic and moody light while capturing the beauty of the fleeting moment on the silver screen . It is an honor to present Mr Wong Kar Wai with the Stockholm Visionary Award for his continuous exploration of the labyrinth of the human heart in a search with no boundaries in time, space or form."
Rising Star 2008: Malin Crépin
FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Prize: Better Things by Duane Hopkins
Star! Audience Award: Involuntary by Ruben Östlund
1 km film 2008: Alexandra Dahlström for Come Here
Honorable mention 1 km film: Levan Akin for The Last Things
ifestival winner: Little Things by Karolina Pajak
Bronze Horse Jury: Jorn Donner (chair), Elin Klinga, Sharon Swart, Karin Mamma Andersson, and Erik Richter Strand
FIPRESCI Jury: Anjelika Artyukh (Russia), Jan Olszewski (Poland), and Marco Spagnoli (Italy)