‘Holy Spider’ Tops Prize List At Stockholm International Film Festival – Deadline


The large winner on the Stockholm International Film Festival 2022 was Holy Spider, directed by Swedish-Danish-Iranian Ali Abbasi.

Complete list of winners below

The film won the Bronze Horse for Best Film, while lead actor Mehdi Bajestani was named Best Male Actor for his role as serial killer Saeed Hanaei. The film was based on the true story of the so-called ‘Spider-Killer’ who targeted sex employees and killed 16 women from 2000 to 2001 in Mashhad, Iran. The film depicts a fictional female journalist investigating the crimes.

In presenting Abbasi along with his award, the jury said of Holy Spider:

“A groundbreaking film that is completed not only with enormous courage but with mastery that leaves us breathless; our insides each speechless and wanting to cream. A punch within the gut for systematic belief systems that oppress relatively than support. A watch opener and a most emotional cinematic experience that awakens internal revolutions in us. For its moving performances, raw and uncompromising direction, good and poignant screenplay we would love to present one among the strongest movies we’ve seen in a protracted time with the Bronze Horse for Best Film.”

Frances O’Connor was awarded Best Director for her directorial debut Emily. Actress Annabelle Lengronne was named Best Actress for her role in Mother and Son.

Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson was awarded the prize for Best Screenplay for his film Beautiful Beings.

All of the winners on the Stockholm International Film Festival 2022:STOCKHOLM XXXIII COMPETITIONBest Film: Holy Spider by Ali AbbasiBest Director: Emily by Frances O’ConnorBest Debut: Autobiography by Makbul MubarakBest Script: Beautiful Beings by Guðmundur Arnar GuðmundssonBest Actress: Mother and Son for actress Annabelle LengronneBest Actor: Mehdi Bajestani in Holy SpiderBest Cinematography: Balthazar Lab for La JauriaHonorary mention: Pilar Palomero for La Maternal

STOCKHOLM XXXIII DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONBest Documentary: All of the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras

STOCKHOLM XXXIII SHORT FILM COMPETITIONBest Short Film: File by Sonia K. HadadThe international film critics award FIPRESCIBest Film: World War III by Houman SeyyediZalando Rising Star Award 2022Actress Sara Shirpey

1KM FILM1KM FILM Scholarship Recipient: SaraKlara Hellström1KM FILM Honorary Mentions: André VaaraNIKON SHORT FILM COMPETITION (60sec)Trust of Mira Hilfon Liungman

Jury members for this yr’s competition were:

Actor Alexej ManvelovFilm director and screenwriter Nathalie Álvarez MesénProducer Erika Wasserman, who recently made her directorial debut with the film Året jag slutade prestera och började onanera ( 2022).

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