Immigrant’s struggle sweeps Swedish film awards

A film about the plight of a young immigrant in Sweden won the Best Film prize at Monday night's Guldbagge gala, the annual Swedish film awards.

Förortsungar – marketed internationally as Kidz in da Hood – also earned the best director award for Ylva Gustavsson and Catti Edfeldt, and best actor for Gustaf Skarsgård.

The movie follows the story of Amina, who came to Sweden three years ago with her grandfather. When the old man dies Amina takes refuge with a hard rock-loving Swede and begins her fight to stay in Sweden.

The jury of 33 members, who voted in a secret ballot, also gave the film the best screenplay award for the script by Ylva Gustavsson and Hans Renhäll.

In other top categories, Haddy Jallow won the prize for best actress in the film Säg Att Du Älskar Mig’ (Say That You Love Me).

The Best Cinematography prize went to Linus Sandgren for his cinematography in Storm.

The Board of the Swedish Film Institute also gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to film critic Nils Petter Sundgren.