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4 items from 2013

Clio Barnard wins at Stockholm

17 November 2013 3:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bronze Horse for best film goes to The Selfish Giant. More wins for Fruitvale Station, Miss Violence and Screen Star of Tomorrow George MacKay.Scroll down for full list of winners

UK film The Selfish Giant has picked up the Bronze Horse for best film at the 24th Stockholm Film Festival (Nov 6-17).

It marks the second consecutive year a film by a female director has won the top prize at Stockholm, after Cate Shortland’s Lore picked up the award last year.

The film, about two young friends who gather scrap metal for cash, was described by the jury as “a uniquely complete film. Shattering, to the point, poetic, believable, delicate, humorous. The sensitive interaction between the two main actors has resulted in the most touching portrayal of friendship we’ve seen in film. Only someone hard-hearted could fail to love this film.”

The Selfish Giant, which debuted at Cannes, is represented »

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“The Selfish Giant” Wins Best Film at Stockholm Fest

15 November 2013 3:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stockholm– Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant” took the best film nod at the 24th Stockholm Intl. Film Festival’s gala ceremony hosted at Berns Hotel on Friday.

A drama turning on the ambivalent friendship between two feral adolescents, “Giant” world-preemed at Cannes’ directors’ Fortnight to warm reviews. It’s repped by Protagonist Pictures and produced by Moonspun Films, with the backing of the British Film Institute and Film4.

“Shattering, to the point, believable, delicate, humorous. The sensitive interaction between the two main ac†ors has resulted in the most touching portrayal of friendship we’ve seen in film, stated the jury, which  was chaired by Kristian Petri and comprised Ai Weiwei, Helena Danielsson, Lena Endre, Moa Gammel and Hiner Saleem.

Sundance Selects will distribute ”Giant” in the U.S.. 

Continuing on its laureled path, Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” won best first film. Pic bowed at Sundance, winning the Grand Jury and audience nods, »

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Rasoulof misses AFI, Stockholm

13 November 2013 2:18 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Concerns are growing for Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof who had his passport confiscated and was banned from travelling outside of his native Iran by local authorities in September.

Some eight weeks later, Rasoulof remains blocked in Iran.

The director failed to make it to Los Angeles for the screening of his political thriller Manuscripts Don’t Burn (pictured) at the AFI Fest earlier this week and is also expected to be a no-show at the Stockholm International Film Festival (November 6-17).

Staff and guests at Stockholm – including Us actor Sean Gullette and Swedish director Tarik Saleh – stood blindfolded outside the Iranian embassy in Stockholm on Tuesday (November 12) protesting Rasoulof’s travel ban.

The blindfolds referenced a scene in Rasoulof’s Manuscripts Don’t Burn about a political prisoner who manages to secretly write his memoirs despite being under the constant surveillance of state security apparatus.

“We want to show that it is unacceptable to prevent filmmakers, artists »

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Stockholm Fest Shows Support for Mohammad Rasoulof

13 November 2013 8:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stockholm — Stockholm Film Festival launched a protest outside the Iranian embassy to show support for Mohammad Rasoulof and denounce censorship.

The helmer was supposed to travel to the festival to present his latest film, “Manuscripts Don’t Burn,” and got his passport confiscated during a recent visit to Iran and has been forbidden from leaving the country.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was invited to sit on the competition jury, was also prohibited from leaving his homeland. “We want to show that it’s unacceptable to prevent filmmakers, artists and journalists from performing their works. Therefore it is important that we, colleagues, jointly raise our voices and protest against the censorship that Mohammad Rasoulof is subjected to,” said Kristian Petri, chairman of the film fest jury.

Added Git Scheynius, the festival director, “Iran has produced films of world class and Stockholm Film Festival just wishes Iranian directors are able to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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