What do the Stockholm Film Festival and Tokyo Filmex have in common? Nothing! Except that they both ended and announced their winners this weekend. That's enough to combine 'em into one post, I say.

At the 18th annual Stockholm fest, the top winner was 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the Romanian abortion drama that's been racking up prizes since debuting at Cannes earlier this year. (Cinematical's James Rocchi reviews it here.) It was named best film at Stockholm, and star Anamaria Marinca won the actress prize.

Jason Patric was named best actor for his performance in the abrasive dramedy Expired (a film I hated at Sundance), with Carlos Reygadas taking best script for the challenging religious drama Silent Light. Janusz Kaminski's cinematography in The Diving Bell and the Butterflywas honored, and Persepolis -- it's impossible to hold a film festival in 2007 without giving Persepolis a prize -- got a trophy for Oliver Bernet's musical score.

The audience award went to Juno (another 2007 film fest fave). FIPRESCI -- the international association of film critics -- chose Caramel, Nadine Labaki's romantic comedy about five Lebanese women.

Strangely, despite awards in all those other categories, Stockholm has no prize for best director. You can see the complete list of winners here.
categories Awards, Cinematical