Though it’s called Swede Fest, Fresno’s semi-annual (that mean’s twice a year, right?) celebration of sweded films isn’t judged like many festivals (It’s not judged at all). But being the arbiters of art that we are, we here at The Beehive have taken to handing out awards for what we see as the best of the fest. Swede Fest XI happened last night at a packed Tower Theatre. You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site. Winners receive their names in this post, which they can feel free to link on IMDB.
And the Swedies go to:
- Best picture: “Thelma & Louise.” Nice editing, design, direction and acting. The full package as Swedes go.
- Best director: Heather McLane, “Clue.” Lots of movement to this one and it was handled well. McLane shows a clear understanding of what a Swede should be.
- Best actor: Vince Consentino, “Dog Day Afternoon.” Consentino proves that Swedes aren’t just for amateurs.
- Best actress: Dana Parker-McClain, “Thelma & Louise.” I don’t remember the original movie much, but she sold the character well.
- Best supporting actor: Brandon Lowe, “Wilfred.” It was more than the costume that made this Swede spot on.
- Best supporting actress: Vince Consentino, “Dog Day Afternoon.” The guy is versatile.
- Best writing (adapted screenplay): “Scarface.” Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?
- Best costume design: “Whip It.” Cone hats, black turtle-necks and cowboy hats. That about does it.
- Best special effects: “Over the Top.” The opening 20 seconds are what make Swedes so fun to watch.
- Best use of children or animals: “Looper,” w/special recognition to “Thelma & Louise.” No explanations needed, I think.
- Creepiest use of a mask: “Scarface,” w/special recognition to “They Live.” Seriously, WTF??