That's a wrap!
The thirty-second edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival has come to an end. Behind us are twelve magical days full of great film experiences, parties and director talks. We are already counting the days for next year's festival.
The Stockholm International Film Festival began with Pedro Almodóvar's »Parallel Mothers« and ended with Kenneth Branagh's personal depiction of the streets of his childhood, »Belfast«. Actor and director Kenneth Branagh also visited us on the red carpet, received the Stockholm Achievement Award and participated in a Face2Face in front of a packed Skandia Theatre
The festival was also visited by the Norwegian director Joachim Trier who, by receiving this year's Stockholm Visionary Award, now is tied with Quentin Tarantino's record of three won Bronze Horses. Trier participated in a Face2Face conversation in connection with the screening of the concluding chapter of his Oslo trilogy - »The Worst Person in the World«. He also gave a Masterclass on his career and filmmaking during the Stockholm Industry Days, as did the Hollywood director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who also presented a special screening of the latest James Bond film »No Time to Die« together with our very own Bond actor - David Dencik.
Among the guests were also the Swedish-Costa Rican director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén who has gone all the way from being a festival volunteer, to competing for the 1KM film scholarship as a short film director, and to now competing for the Bronze Horse with her feature film debut »Clara Sola«. This year's recipient of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award, Jane Campion and Stockholm Achievement Award recipient Robin Wright both participated in digital Face2Face talks in connection with the award ceremonies.
This years theme - Motherhood characterized many films in this year's program, from the opening film (whose mother's breast-centered artwork caused a great stir as this year's festival poster) to Céline Sciamma's »Petite Maman«. Festival director Git Scheynius held a talk on stage talk on this year's theme with journalist and author Alexandra Pascalidou ahead of the screening of Tatiana Huezo's »Prayers for the Stolen«, which was later awarded the prize for Best Director.
This year's competition jury was led by Afghan director Sahraa Karimi, who was forced to flee Kabul during the Taliban takeover. Together with Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde, Anna Ek, Sweden's head of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee and star journalist Åsne Seierstad, Karimi participated in a panel discussion on the crisis for women and cultural workers in Afghanistan. The Bronze Horse for Best Picture was awarded to »Rhino« by the previously imprisoned Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, whose protagonist Serhii Filimonov also received the award for best male actor. The only 20-year-old director and actress Luàna Bajrami also won double awards with her energetic feature film »The Hill Where Lionesses Roar« which was awarded for both best screenplay and best debut.
When the curtain fell after our last screening, we felt a great joy to have conducted another fantastic festival together. We would like to thank all visitors, directors, guests, partners and volunteers! We are so happy that so many of you came and filled the cinemas again after all the restrictions.
See you again Nov 9-20 2022!
"Thank you to the Stockholm Film Festival for having me, and thank you for the Bronze Horse. After everything we have been through during the pandemic I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be here in Stockholm tonight."
- Kenneth Branagh, Stockholm Achievement Award 2021
“I have a long and good relationship with the Stockholm International Film Festival, so receiving the Visionary Award was a great joy and honor. The screening of »The Worst Person in the World« with the warm reception from the audience was a fantastic evening. "
- Joachim Trier, Stockholm Visionary Award 2021
”It was a huge pleasure to return to the Stockholm International Film Festival, to share and celebrate the film with audiences and meet other filmmakers, I cannot wait to come back again, hopefully it does not take another 12 years.”
- Cary Joji Fukunaga, Best debut award 2009 with »Sin Nombre«
“Thank you for another wonderful visit to the Stockholm Film Festival! It was so much fun to once again participate and experience this warm, relevant and present feeling the festival is constantly able to create for us participants. It feels like you are hastily and funny thrown into the film world's inspiring chaos of premieres, screenings, audiences and filmmakers. And that is precisely why it becomes like an anchor in a sometimes difficult-to-navigate reality. Go Stockholm! ”
- David Dencik, actor »No Time to Die«
Photo (from the left): Carla Orrego Veliz, Zoltán Kurhéjja, Olav Holten, Carla Orrego Veliz, From the movie Parallel Mothers: El Deseo, Carla Orrego Veliz