Ruben Östlund Denied Oscar By Fantastic Woman

At the 90th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or winner The Square was denied the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film by Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman (Chile), about a transgender singer who faces discrimination after the death of her boyfriend. Ruben Östlund told SVT: "We are fine about it... It's so hard to predict the outcome, so I didn't have any real expectations. I felt that An Amazing Woman was

Prisoners & Under The Tree Sweep Edda Awards

At the Reykjavik Hilton on Sunday, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy presented the 19th Edda Awards, which were dominated by hit drama Prisoners (Fangar) with ten wins, and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's feature Under The Tree (Undir trénu) with seven. Among its accolades, Prisoners was named Best Drama and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir was presented with Best Supporting Actress. However, the most moving moment of the evening came in Pétur Ben's acceptance speech for Best Original Score, during which his remembrance of

No Golden Bear In Berlin For Erik Poppe Utøya Movie

Erik Poppe's account of the 2011 shootings on the island of Utøya missed out on the Golden Bear in the main competition programme of the Berlin Film Festival, which went to Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not, but is content with the exposure his work was afforded. On 22nd July 2011, far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a van in Oslo killing eight people, then shot dead 69 people at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. U – July 22,

Winter Brothers Presented With Dreyer Award

Hlynur Pálmason's debut feature Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) was presented with the prestigious Dreyer Award and DKK 50,000 at the Danish Film Institute on 21st February, in celebration of its outstanding artistic achievement. The Carl Theodor Dreyer Foundation presents the Dreyer Award every year to younger film makers in recognition of outstanding artistic endeavours to mark the distinguished director's birthday. It is funded by the annual surplus generated by Gaumont's distribution of his classic 1928 movie La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc. Eva Novrup

Artist Lola Arias Fires Allegation At The Square

Oscar nominated The Square has become embroiled in an argument between director Ruben Östlund and the namesake of a character used in his film. The Square is named after an artwork created by Ruben Östlund and Kalle Boman, but in the film it is attributed to an artist known as Lola Arias. However, Argentinian performance artist Lola Arias has accused Ruben Östlund of using her name without consent. She told SVT: "Since the film's premiere, curators, artists and journalists have asked