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Stockholm Film Festival Awards 2008

Melissa Leo, Michael O'Keefe in Frozen River
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.


Courtney Hunt

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

Zuzana Bydzovska in Country Teacher

Best Actress: Zuzana Bydzovska for Country Teacher

Michael Fassbender in Hunger

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for Hunger

Best Screenplay: 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

Charlotte Rampling

Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award 2008: Charlotte Rampling (image: Sara Shahbazi)

"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."

Wong Kar Wai

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



Involuntary by Ruben Ostlund

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)

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