French director Céline Sciamma to receive 2019 Stockholm Visionary Award

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The multiple award-winning director Céline Sciamma is awarded the Stockholm Visionary Award at the 30th Stockholm International Film Festival. The director, that was awarded in Cannes for her latest film Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) earlier this year, will accept the Bronze Horse during the film’s Scandinavian premiere November 9th. 

Photo: Carla Orrego Veliz 

This year’s Stockholm Visionary Award is presented to Céline Sciamma with the motivation:  
Céline Sciamma has with her films, stretched the understanding of being human today. Through her ability of creating engaging character portraits of her generation and to tell stories that rarely are told, she has taken a worldwide audience by storm. With elegant aesthetics and sensuality, she has expanded our cinematic horizon. She is a visionary voice that patch up holes in film history, and which, with her innovative gaze, challenges the understanding of seeing and being seen. 

In Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma reunites with the award-winning actress Adèle Haenel in an intimate costume drama that was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the award for Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm in Cannes, The People’s Choice Award at Melbourne International Film Festival and The Norwegian Film Critics’ Award.  

Céline Sciamma’s earlier films Girlhood (2014) and Tomboy (2010) has been awarded internationally and in Sweden. In 2014, she visited the Stockholm International Film Festival to accept the Bronze Horse for her film Girlhood that was awarded for Best Film. Céline Sciamma is one of today’s most humanitarian filmmakers and it’s with big honor Stockholm Film Festival award her with the 2019 Stockholm Visionary Award.  

Céline Sciamma visits the 30th Stockholm International Film Festival November 8-10.  

The Scandinavian premier of Portrait of a Lady on Fire takes place at Skandia on Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 pm. Céline Sciamma accepts the Bronze Horse in conjunction with the screening.  

Swedish distributor is Folkets Bio.  

Stockholm Visionary Award was established in 2004 and the film prize, the Bronze Horse weighs 7.3 kilos. Previous winners of Stockholm Visionary Award are Roy Andersson, Peter Greenway, Jacques Audiard and Wes Andersson.  

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Matti Johansson, Head of Press
+46 76 811 65 66

Cecilia Oscarsson, Press Secretary  
+46 8 677 50 11

The 30th Stockholm International Film Festival : 6-17 November 2019
Stockholm International Film Festival was founded in 1990 and has grown to become one of Europe's leading film festivals. During the festival we screen over 150 films from over 60 countries. We also arrange exclusive previews throughout the year, open-air screenings during the summer as well as Stockholm International Film Festival Junior in April.



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