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AFI Fest: ‘Nothing Bad Can Happen’ Wins Auteurs Award

Four audience awards unveiled

Katrin Gebbe’s “Nothing Bad Can Happen” has won the New Auteurs critics award at the AFI Fest.

The film, the true story of a homeless Christian teenager adopted by an abusive family in Germany, debuted at Cannes. The new auters section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

“Many, many bad things happen,” the jury said in awarding the prize. “But the blessing is discovering first-time filmmaker Katrin Gebbe and her incredible ensemble who have braved their own tests – boos and walkouts, nothing too bloody – in order to bring us this powerful movie and faith and sacrifice.”

The AFI Fest unveiled a quartet of films as audience award winners: “The Rocket,” an Australian film, for world cinema; “The Selfish Giant,” made in the U.K., in the new auteurs section; “We Gotta Get out of This Place,” directed by Zeke and Simon Hawkins, in the American Independent category; and “B for Boy,” a Nigerian film, in the breakthrough category.

Grand Jury awards were presented to “Butter Lamp” for live-action short and “The Places Where We Lived” for animated short. Special Jury award winners were “Balcony” and “Syndromedia.”

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