The luminous gala showcased an array of cinematic brilliance, and we’re thrilled to present the distinguished winners who took the stage by storm.
Best Film: “The Settlers” by Felipe Gálvez Haberle In a remarkable triumph, Chilean maestro Felipe Gálvez’s brutal western, “The Settlers,” clinched the coveted Best Film award. The film delves into the annals of Chilean colonization and the unsettling ethnic cleansing of the Mapuche people, leaving an indelible mark on the audience.
Best Director and Best Debut: Molly Manning Walker for “How to Have Sex” British rising star Molly Manning Walker secured a double victory, receiving accolades for both Best Director and Best Debut. Her film, “How to Have Sex,” artfully navigates the nuanced terrain of sexual consent, showcasing her exceptional directorial prowess.
Best Cinematography: Nikolai Zheludovich for “Grace” Russian virtuoso Nikolai Zheludovich’s visual poetry in “Grace” earned him the Best Cinematography award. The film’s mesmerizing visual language left an indelible imprint on the jury, capturing the essence of cinematic excellence.
Best Screenplay: Kamal Lazraq for “Hounds” Moroccan director Kamal Lazraq took home the Best Screenplay award for his heart-pounding action-thriller, “Hounds.” The intricate narrative and gripping storytelling set Lazraq’s work apart in a stellar competition.
Best Actor and Actress: Kuan Alvarenga and Maeve Jinkins for “Toll” The Brazilian drama “Toll” saw exceptional performances by Kuan Alvarenga and Maeve Jinkins, earning them the titles of Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Their brilliance on screen illuminated the festival, leaving an enduring impact.
All photos by Karen Lundquist
Honorable Mention: Tina Satter for “Reality” Tina Satter’s contribution to the hybrid drama “Reality” did not go unnoticed, as she received an honorable mention for her outstanding work. Her creative finesse added an extra layer of depth to the festival’s cinematic tapestry.
The esteemed jury, in justifying the selection of “The Settlers” as the Best Film, expressed, “This film is a cinematic tour de force, a powerful account of colonialism and the corrupting mechanisms of power that is as uncomfortable and fascinating as it is intellectually stimulating…”
In addition to these notable achievements, the festival bestowed other accolades, including:
Best Documentary: “The Eternal Memory” by Maite Alberdi Chilean director Maite Alberdi was recognized for her compelling documentary, “The Eternal Memory,” capturing the essence of real-life narratives with finesse.
FIPRESCI Best Film: “Monster” by Hirokazu Kore-eda Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster” earned acclaim from the International Film Critics Jury, securing the prestigious FIPRESCI Best Film award.
SkyShowtime Rising Star Award 2023: Hanna Ardéhn Actress Hanna Ardéhn, renowned for her recent role in the TV series “Leva Life,” was crowned the SkyShowtime Rising Star of 2023.
SkyShowtime Rising Star Award 2023: Hanna Ardéhn
1KM FILM Scholarship
The festival also celebrated exceptional talent in various categories, including the Nikon Short Film Competition and the 1KM FILM Scholarship.
As the curtains close on the Stockholm International Film Festival 2023, we bask in the glow of these cinematic triumphs, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the world of international cinema. Until then, may the reel continue to spin, and may the magic of storytelling captivate audiences around the globe!
Stockholm International Film Festivalcontinues to explore and promote the great directors of tomorrow. Since the inception in 1990 the festival has established itself as one of the leading film festivals in Europe.
With a passion for visionary filmmaking and new cinematic voices Stockholm International Film Festival connects audiences with the greatest filmmakers of our time.
During twelve intense days in November...
... the annual festival presents 150 film premieres from more than 60 countries. We also arrange exclusive early screenings for our members throughout the year, free outdoor screenings in August and Stockholm Film Festival Junior during the spring.
Stockholm International Film Festivalis also recognized for its ability to promote and offer a venue for young and unestablished filmmakers. As many as a third of the films selected for the competition are made by a debuting director and by directors who have made less than 3 films.
Nikon Short Film Award
Do you have what it takes to make a 60-second film? Together with Nikon, we established the Nikon Short Film Award 2022 to encourage and challenge creators from all over Europe to downsize the short film format and make the best short film. The winning entry will be screened at the festival and the winner will receive an exclusive Nikon camera kit and a specially designed artwork by Markus Åkesson.
EXPLORING THE FUTURE OF CINEMA
STOCKHOLM INDUSTRY DAYS
Stockholm is the epicenter of the Scandinavian film industry and home base to the majority of film professionals in Sweden. Our strong and varied international film selection combined with a diverse industry network has made Stockholm International Film Festival the natural hub for the Swedish film industry. We focus on connecting Stockholm's vibrant film community with producers, streaming companies, distributors and sales agents from all around the world. We present works-in-progress, film projects in development and introduce the next generation of Swedish filmmakers as part of our talent and development programs. With exclusive Nordic Work In Progress presentations, Masterclasses and seminars, the Stockholm Industry Days is an inspiring gateway to Nordic cinema.
SALES AND DISTRIBUTION
Over the years more than 200 titles have gained Swedish or Nordic distribution in connection with the festival. Among the more recent titles, you will find Prison 77 by Alberto Rodríguez, The Quiet Girl by Colm Bairéad, and House of Darkness by Neil LaBute.
MORE THAN A FESTIVAL
Beyond the hundreds of screenings and events taking place during the festival every November, the festival holds monthly pre-screenings of upcoming films, exclusively for members. Since the early 90s, our Summer Cinema has been a cherished tradition among the Stockholmers, attracting crowds in the 10,000s. The Stockholm Film Festival Junior takes place in April every year and has for over 20 years been an important event for young film lovers and future filmmakers between the age of six and nineteen. Year round we also organize film workshops where school children get to create their own films together with our trained instructors.
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award
Anthony Hopkins, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Mike Leigh, Claire Denis, Gena Rowlands, David Lynch, Lauren Bacall, David Cronenberg, Elia Kazan, Charlotte Rampling, Susan Sarandon and Mary Harron are among those who have received the award for their outstanding cinematic work.
STOCKHOLM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Fares Fares, Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright, Viggo Mortensen Rosanna Arquette, Payman Maadi, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Uma Thurman, Ellen Burstyn and Gunnel Lindblom have all received the award for their incredible contribution to cinema.
STOCKHOLM VISIONARY AWARD
Sam Mendes, Joachim Trier, Matteo Garrone, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Wong Kar-wai, Todd Solondz, Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, Gus Van Sant, Jacques Audiard, Peter Greenaway, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Céline Sciamma, Roy Andersson, Yorgos Lanthimos, François Ozon, Pablo Larraín and Asghar Farhadi have been presented with the award for their innovative and visionary filmmaking.
Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Ang Lee, Steve Buscemi, Lars von Trier, Gena Rowlands, James Schamus, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Roger Corman, Frances McDormand, Kenneth Branagh, Kelly Reichardt, Ken Loach, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Joel & Ethan Coen, Kimberly Peirce, Gaspar Noé, Brian Cox, Aki Kaurismäki, Catherine Hardwicke, Nick Broomfield, Michelle Williams, John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Schrader, Howard Shore, Anton Corbijn, Cristian Mungiu, Jason Schwartzman, Laurent Cantet, Mati Diop, Monia Chokri, François Ozon, Shane Meadows, Lee Daniels, Andrea Arnold, Luc Besson, Susan Sarandon, Xavier Dolan, Debra Granik, Lucy Walker, Harriet Andersson, Holly Hunter, Isabelle Huppert, Whit Stillman, Benh Zeitlin, Peter Fonda, Ryan Coogler, Anne Fontaine. “Stockholm Film Festival is a premier venue for the cutting edge" – Paul Schrader