The movie “Nico” by Eline Gehring has been awarded with the “Youth Lab Jury Prize“ at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival. We are delighted!
This is an excerpt of what the festival says in their pronouncement:
,The Youth Lab were particularly impressed by the emotional impact of the film and the power and subtlety of the central performance. Comments from the Youth Lab included:
,A brilliant, authentic film. A huge achievement.‘
,A very strong film which explores a difficult topic which is highly relevant in today’s climate‘
,Really touching and well-done, handling themes of trauma very carefully. The main actress was superb, delivering an outstanding performance.‘ “
The Youth Lab, which is open to 16 to 24 year olds, are a group of enthusiastic young people who meet regularly throughout the year to discuss various topics around film, and take part in workshops with high profile guests.
The film portrays Nico, a German-Persian geriatric nurse who, after a racist attack, decides to train in karate and never be a victim again. The film stars and is produced by Sara Fazilat; “Nico” is also her graduation film at the DFFB. The cinematographer was co-writer Francy Fabritz, who deliberately chose a handheld camera and an improvisational approach. Director Eline Gehring felt it was important to put women at the center and normalize the portrayal of non-white characters. For her portrayal of the main character Nico, Sara Fazilat was awarded in the category “Best Acting Newcomer“ at the 2021 Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival, and the film also received the No Fear Award at First Steps.