Stockholm International Film Festival had a glamorous gala to mark the inauguration of its 29th edition. And Your Living City was there to bring you all the details of this dazzling night.
Actors and actresses, directors, producers, models, journalists and other familiar faces of the industry walked down the red carpet at Skandia cinema, in front of the cameras of the media as well as film lovers and other celebrities.
The biggest attention was drawn by the arrival of Mary Harron, who will be taking the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement award home to Canada with her this year. At this year’s festival, Harron will be premiering her latest film “Charlie Says”, about the story of the girls involved with Charles Manson and the killings perpetrated by them.
Also at the centre of attention was Jonas Åkerlund, director of “Lords of Chaos”, which will have its Swedish premiere during the festival. His film revolves around the story of the Norwegian Black Metal group, Mayhem and the shocking publicity stunts mounted by them to put the band’s name on the map.
Inside the gorgeous Skandia cinema lounge, the director of Stockholm Film Festival, Git Scheynius, welcomed the audience and the film industry to a new edition of the festival. A speech by the festival’s new cultural council, Jonas Naddebo, urged film creators and film watchers to challenge each other and dare to question in order to create.
Frida Bargo and Mattias Nohrborg, producers of the festival’s inaugural film “X&Y”, took to the stage to present it and to thank to everybody who made the film possible. They also thanked Stockholm Film Festival for giving “X&Y” the honour of opening this year’s edition. It was the cast and the leading actress and director of the film “X&Y” Anna Odell, who were at the centre of the night. They also cut the inaugural film strip to mark the beginning of the 29th Stockholm International Film Festival.