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Argentine win at Swedish festival
Argentinian director Juan Diego Solanas with his Bronze Horse trophy
Nordeste is the first feature length film Solanas has directed
Argentinian director Juan Diego Solanas has won the top prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

Solanas, 39, beat off competition from 17 other films to take the Bronze Horse trophy for Nordeste (North-east).

The film, which stars French actress Carol Bouquet as a wealthy woman who travels to Argentina to adopt a baby, explores the child trafficking trade.

The 16th Stockholm Film Festival - which ends on Sunday - has showcased 160 films from nearly 40 countries.

Nordeste is the fourth film Solanas has worked on since he started out as a cinematographer on the 1998 film La Nube (Clouds).

This was followed by two short films - L'Homme Sans Tete (The Man Without A Head) in 2003 and Photomateurs (Photograbber) in 2004.

As well as winning Best Film, Nordeste also triumphed in the best actress category, with Bouquet and Argentinian actress Aymara Rovera sharing the prize.

The best actor award went to Vincent D'Onofrio for Mike Mills' film Thumbsucker.

American director Miranda July's Me and You And Everyone We Know won the best first film award.

Annie Griffin picked up the best script prize for Festival, a black comedy that takes place at the Edinburgh Film Festival, while Taika Waititi's Sons of Tu: The God of War took home top honours in the best short film category.

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