While only one of the three directors nominated was a female director, Anna Odell, she was also nominated in the Best Screenplay category for the same film, The Reunion (Återträffen).
TRAILER (in Swedish) for The Reunion (written by Anna Odell)
Women dominate the three-nominee category of Best Screenplay, with Cilla Jackert nominated for Shed No Tears, Lisa Langseth for Hotell, and Anna Odell for The Reunion. From what I've read, Cilla Jackert appears to be in the front running for her script Shed No Tears (Känn ingen sorg). While Jackert has written for quite a number of Swedish television shows since the mid-1990's, it was with the film Feel No Sorrow, about Swedish composer and singer/pop icon Hakan Hellstrom, that she made her feature screenwriting debut in 2012. Shed No Tears appears to be her sophomore feature screenplay and trailing only second to Monica Z for nominations for the Guldbagge Awards, having snagged nine nominations.
TRAILER (in Swedish) for Shed No Tears (written by Cilla Jackert)
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Lisa Langseth both wrote and directed Hotell which played at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. Serving as her sophomore feature directing effort, Hotell is a film about a therapy group of troubled people who collectively decide to "become" other people, checking into a hotel together as a way to act out that fantasy. Langseth's Hotell garnered four nominations for the Guldbagge Awards.
TRAILER (with English subtitles) for Hotell (written & directed by Lisa Langseth)
Women producers garnered two out of the three nominations for Best Film, with Mathilde Dedye nominated for The Reunion (written by Anna Odell), and Lena Rehnberg nominated for Waltz for Monica / Monica Z, a biopic of Swedish singer/actress Monica Zetterlund. Monica Z leads the pack of nominees for the Guldbagge Awards with 11 nominations.
TRAILER (in Swedish) for Monica Z (produced by Lena Rehnberg)
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The Best Documentary film category was also dominated by female directors who made up two of the three nominees in the category: Belleville Baby (by Mia Engberg) and Forest of the Dancing Spirits (De dansande andarnas skog, by Linda Västrik).
Mia Engberg's Belleville Baby tells the story of a woman who reminisces with her former lover about the past they shared while living in Paris. Engberg has been working in film for at least the past 20 years, making a number of films and frequently focusing on social issues. She is known in Sweden and abroad for Dirty Diaries, an anthology she produced of 12 porn films made by feminists; she's been involved with feminist porn since at least the early 2000's.
TRAILER (with English subtitles) for Belleville Baby (directed by Mia Engberg)
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The Yaka/Mbendjele tribe of the Congo basin is the subject of Linda Västrik's first feature-length documentary, Forest of the Dancing Spirits. The tribe's way of life is being changed by the encroachment of the country's largest logging company. Västrik also produced this film and has served as a cinematographer and writer for her past projects. For this film, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam awarded her the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance, an award named for the late Canadian documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick.
TRAILER for Forest of the Dancing Spirits (directed by Linda Västrik)
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BEST SHORT FILM
Women directors make up the three nominees in this category, with Sanna Lenken nominated for Eating Lunch (Äta lunch), a film which she also wrote; Joanna Rytel for Me Seal, Baby, and Jenifer Malmqvist for On Suffocation which screened in 2013 at Sundance and which I wrote about on this blog.
Lenken has written and directed a number of short films and is scheduled to be a participant in Berlinale Talents in February. Eating Lunch was a 2013 nominee for the Best Swedish Short Award at the Goteburg International Film Festival. Annika Rogell served as producer on this film.
CLIP (with English subtitles) from Eating Lunch (written & directed by Sanna Lenken)
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TRAILER (with English subtitles) for Me Seal, Baby (directed by Joanna Rytel)