The Swedish film “Reliance”, directed by William Olsson, has emerged as the top-ranked entries at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblets awards, taking home three prizes.
The Jury Grand Prix went to the Swedish drama “Reliance” for its unique story and the passionate performances of its actors. Swedish scriptwriter Angus MacLachlan received the Best Screenplay Award for his work on “Reliance”. Two photographers on “Reliance” – Vachan Sharma and Paul Dovan shared the prize for the Best Cinematography.
“Reliance” is a psychological drama about the fragile security situation in the residential area. The film had its Swedish premiere on June 14, 2013.
In the night after the party, a masked man sneaks unseen into the dark house in the affluent neighborhood. He molests Selinda, a fifteen year old girl while the rest of her family is fast asleep. The family is deeply shocked and the cracks between them open wider. Selinda’s father, that has long forsaken his family for a professional career, is eaten by self-accusations over not being around to protect his daughter. Her mother, unable to deal with the incident, turns into denial. Although Selinda does not see herself as a victim, her parents despair reflects back on her. As always, nobody notices the quiet little seven year old boy that nothing escapes from whose sight.
The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), founded in 1993, is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the FIAPF. This year 14 films selected from more than 1,600 entries produced in 112 countries were in final competition for the festival’s top awards.