Noomi Rapace 'Beyond' Tops Guldbagge Nominations

by Andre Soares
Ola Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Beyond
Ola Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Beyond

Actress-turned-director Pernilla August's directorial debut, Beyond topped the 2010 Guldbagge Award nominations. The psychological family drama earned eight nods for the “Swedish Oscars,” including Best Film and Best Director.

Beyond tells the story of a woman (Rapace) who must confront her dying, abusive mother.Winner of the 2010 Venice Film Festival's International Critics Week award, Beyond stars Best Actress nominee Noomi Rapace, internationally known as the antiheroine of the Millennium trilogy films – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (See below the list of Guldbagge nominations.]

In the Best Film category, the 34-member jury also selected Babak Najafi's Sebbe and Andreas Öhman's Simple Simon, Sweden's submission for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In the Best Director category, Öhman was replaced by Pure's Lisa Langseth.

Sebbe, Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs

In Sebbe, the bullied fifteen-year-old title character (Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, photo) lives an isolated life that becomes even more lonely after his adored mother fails him. The sentimental comedy Simple Simon tells the story of an 18-year-old (Bill Skarsgård, one of Stellan Skarsgård's sons) suffering from Asperger's syndrome as he attempts to hook up his caring brother (Martin Wallström) with a free-spirited woman (Cecilia Forss).

The Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) winners will be announced on Jan. 24 in Stockholm.

Photo: Beyond (Rolf Konow); Sebbe (via the Swedish Film Institute)

Noomi Rapace, Beyond
Noomi Rapace, Beyond

Best Film
Simple Simon

Best Foreign Language Film
Fish Tank, dir Andrea Arnold
Lourdes, dir Jessica Hausner
The Social Network, dir David Fincher

Best Director
Pernilla August, Beyond
Lisa Langseth, Pure
Babak Najafi, Sebbe

Best actress in a leading role
Pernilla August, Miss Kicki
Noomi Rapace, Beyond
Alicia Vikander, Pure

Best actor in a leading role
Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, Sebbe
Joel Kinnaman, Easy Money
Bill Skarsgård, Simple Simon

Best actress in a supporting role
Tehilla Blad, Beyond
Cecilia Forss, Simple Simon
Outi Mäenpää, Beyond

Best actor in a supporting role
Peter Dalle, Behind Blue Skies
David Dencik, Cornelis 
Ville Virtanen, Beyond

Best screenplay
Pernilla August and Lolita Ray, Beyond
Lisa Langseth, Pure
Jonathan Sjöberg and Andreas Öhman, Simple Simon

Best cinematography
ran Hallberg, Behind Blue Skies
Erik Molberg Hansen, Beyond
Aril Wretblad, Easy Money

Best documentary
Familia, dir Mikael Wiström and Alberto Herskovits
Kiss Bill, dir Emelie Wallgren and Ina Holmqvist
Regretters, dir Marcus Lindeen

Best short film
Not Panic, dir Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall
Tord and Tord, dir Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Tussilago, dir Jonas Odell

Source: Screen International

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