- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2011

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) - Sweden’s Pernilla August has won the Nordic Council Film Prize for “Beyond,” her feature debut as a director.

August and co-writer Lolita Ray on Monday accepted the 350,000 kroner ($65,200) award _ the biggest film prize in the Nordic region _ from British actress Dame Helen Mirren, the jury’s honorary chairwoman.

The film, which tells the story of woman tormented by childhood memories of growing up with alcoholic parents, is also Sweden’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars.

As an actress, August is best known for playing the mother of Swedish movie great Ingmar Bergman in his biographical movie “Best Intentions.” She also made an appearance in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

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