The film “Nico” by director Eline Gehring will open the 17th achtung berlin film festival at Kino International on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. “Nico” will also be shown in the feature film competition at the festival with ten other films. The film team will be on site and available for interviews. There will be a Q&A after the film.

All screenings of the film take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, 8:00 pm: Kino International (festival opening)

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2021, 7:30: Templin

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 9:30 pm: Film theater at Friedrichshain Hall 5

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, 8:30 pm: Hofkino (Open Air) in coop. with the BLNfilmfest

Nico“, for which Eline Gehring wrote the script together with cinematographer Francy Fabritz and producer and leading actress Sara Fazilat, is expected to be released by UCM.ONE in the spring of 2022 on the Darling Berlin label. It celebrated its German premiere at the Max Ophüls Prize film festival in January 2021, where Sara Fazilat won the prize for Best Young Actress. In addition, she was awarded the “No Fear Award” at the First Steps Award 2021 as a producer.

The No Fear Award was presented for the first time in 2012, the price is intended to be a permanent reminder of the visionary co-founder of First Steps, Bernd Eichinger. The No Fear Award honors Bernd Eichinger in his courageous, fearless way of producing and fighting for fabrics: without fear. It is important to Katja and Nina Eichinger, the donors of the award, to honor strong voices among the young production students with this award.


The self-confident and lively German-Persian Nico loves her job as a geriatric nurse and is popular with everyone because of her easy-going and sympathetic manner. She enjoys the Berlin summer with her best friend Rosa until a racially motivated attack suddenly tears her out of her carefree everyday life. Nico realises that she doesn‘t belong as self-evidently as she always thought. Plagued by flashbacks of the terrible attack, Nico withdraws more and more into herself.

Not only Rosa loses touch with her, but also her patients fail to recognise the young woman. Nico feels that things cannot go on like this and turns to the gruff karate champion Andy. With him she begins a tough training programme which helps her to channel her anger and discover her own strength, but she also loses touch with herself. When Nico eventually meets Macedonian Ronny, a connection develops between the two women that causes Nico to question the path she has chosen.

Nico” is an important and moving film whose rousing leading actress lets the audience empathize with every moment of her painful healing process.

Nico | Teaser (mit englischen Untertiteln) | Darling Berlin

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