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AWARDS Sweden

Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident scoops five Guldbagge Awards

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- Amanda Kernell’s debut Sámi Blood wins four Guldbagges, while Palme d’Or winner The Square by Ruben Östlund receives just two of the top Swedish prizes

Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident scoops five Guldbagge Awards
Director Tarik Saleh collects one of his Guldbagge Awards (© Jonas Ekströmer/TT)

The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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interview: Tarik Saleh
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]
, directed by Tarik Saleh and produced by Kristina Åberg, was awarded Best Film at the 2018 Swedish Guldbagge Awards. The thriller, which scooped the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2017, received a total of five Guldbagges at the awards ceremony held on 22 January at Stockholm’s Cirkus, hosted by Swedish actress-comedian-TV presenter Petra Mede, and aired by national broadcaster SVT.

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The Nile Hilton Incident was nominated for eight Guldbagges in total, also picking up the Best Actor award for Fares Fares’s performance as a police officer in Cairo. The rest of the awards were mainly in technical categories, including Best Costume (Louize Nissen), Best Sound/Sound Design (Fredrik Jonsäter), and Best Set Design (Roger Rosenberg).

The second big winner of the night was Amanda Kernell for her debut feature Sámi Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile
]
. The well-travelled and multi-awarded film – including Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival in 2017 – was nominated in seven categories and received Best Screenplay for Kernell, Best Leading Actress for newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok and Best Editing for Anders Skov. The biggest surprise of the night, however, came when Sámi Blood was awarded the newly introduced Guldbagge Audience Award, beating six other major contenders and box office hits.

Palme d’Or winner and international success The Square [+see also:
film review
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interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
only won two Guldbagges, out of its six nominations in top categories. Ruben Östlund won his third Guldbagge for Best Director– after Play [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
interview: Ruben Ostlund
film profile
]
(2011) and Force Majeure [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
(2014) – and his regular DoP, Fredrik Wenzel, received his second Guldbagge for Best Cinematographer, after Force Majeure.

Despite racking up ten nominations, Janus Metz’s biopic Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
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]
left the Cirkus with just two Guldbagges. International star Stellan Skarsgård was awarded for his performance as Björn Borg’s coach with the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Guldbagge, and the film also won the Best Visual Effects award, which went to Torbjörn Olsson and Alex Hanssonfor. Finally, Jens Assur’s debut feature Ravens [+see also:
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interview: Jens Assur
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]
, was nominated for seven Guldbagges, only picking up the award for Best Original Score for Peter von Poehl’s music.

Here is the full list of the winners at the 2018 Swedish Guldbagge Awards:

Best Film
The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Tarik Saleh
film profile
]
- Tarik Saleh (Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Morocco)

Best Director
Ruben Östlund - The Square [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
(Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/USA)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Lene Cecilia Sparrok - Sámi Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile
]
(Sweden/Denmark/Norway)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Fares Fares - The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Julia Kijowska - Strawberry Days [+see also:
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]

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Stellan Skarsgård - Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
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trailer
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]
(Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Czech Republic)

Best Screenplay
Amanda Kernell - Sámi Blood

Best Cinematography
Fredrik Wenzel - The Square

Best Editing
Anders Skov - Sámi Blood

Best Costume
Louize Nissen - The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Sound/Sound Design
Fredrik Jonsäter - The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Makeup
Petra Cabbe - The Sunny Side [+see also:
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]

Best Original Score
Peter von Poehl - Ravens [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jens Assur
film profile
]

Best Set Design
Roger Rosenberg - The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Visual Effects
Torbjörn Olsson, Alex Hanssonfor - Borg/McEnroe

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman [+see also:
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]
- Asghar Farhadi (France/Iran)

Best Documentary Film
Silvana [+see also:
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]
- Olivia Kastebring, Mika Gustafson, Christina Tsiobanelis

Best Short Film
The Burden - Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Best Newcomer
Rojda Sekersöz - Beyond Dreams [+see also:
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]

Lifetime Achievement Award
Director Stig Björkman

The Gullspira
BUFF International Film Festival

The Guldbagge Audience Award
Sámi Blood - Amanda Kernell

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