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.”