‘Godless’ wins at the Stockholm International Film Festival

The 27th Stockholm International Film Festival ended last week in the Swedish capital, with the top prize going to Godless, directed by Ralitza Petrova.

Godless has previously picked up awards in Reykjavik and Copenhagen.

“An astonishing masterpiece. This is filmmaking of the highest order and marks the arrival of a new great within cinema – Godless will forever live in the hearts and minds of its viewers.” said the jury.

The film’s star, Irena Ivanova, was also named Best Actress. She plays a nurse who traffics the ID cards of patients with dementia on the black market for identity thefts, spurred on by the promise of easy money and an addiction to morphine.

Here is the full list of award winners at the 27th Stockholm International Film Festival:

Bronze Horse for Best Film
Godless  – Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria/Denmark/France)

Best First Film
Sand Storm  – Elite Zexer (Israel/France)

Best Director
Johnny Ma – Old Stone (China/Canada)

Best Original Screenplay
Johnny Ma – Old Stone

Best Cinematography
Andrei Butica – Dogs (Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar)

Best Actress
Irena Ivanova – Godless

Best Actor
Kévin Azaïs – A Taste of Ink (France)

Best Documentary
Hooligan Sparrow – Nanfu Wang (China/USA)

Stockholm Impact Award
Wayne Roberts – Katie Says Goodbye (USA/France)

Best Short Film
Imago – Raymund Ribay Gutierrez (Philippines)

Stockholm Rising Star
Filip Berg

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film
American Honey – Andrea Arnold (UK/USA)

Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award
Francis Ford Coppola

Stockholm Visionary Award
François Ozon

1 Km Film Scholarship
Frida Kempff – Dear Kid (Sweden)

iFestival Award
Trial and Error – Antje Heyn (Germany)

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.