2022-12-12 06:30Press release

The world is falling in love with Nelly & Nadine

 Photo: Auto ImagesPhoto: Auto Images

Magnus Gertten's documentary Nelly & Nadine has now been selected for over 100 film festivals and received more than 20 international awards. Nelly & Nadine is also among the films qualified for the Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

After the world premiere at the Berlinale in February – where it won the Teddy Jury Award –  Nelly & Nadine has travelled to festivals across all continents. It has been featured at over 100 international film festivals including CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, New Zeeland's Doc Edge, Frameline, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Melbourne International Film Festival, with additional festivals being confirmed for early 2023.

– It has been an overwhelming international journey for Nelly & Nadine, so far. Film festival audiences all over the world have fallen in love with these two brave, female pioneers. We are happy and proud of all the love and awards the film has received so far. Nelly and Nadine’s beautiful love story has been hidden in the shadows for way too long. It’s an important and inspirational story in a world where LGBTQ+ rights are still under attack in many countries, says director Magnus Gertten.

– This shows that Nelly & Nadine strongly resonates with audiences all over the world and I’m very happy and proud about that, says Sara Rüster from the Swedish Film Institute’s International Department.

Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years their relationship was kept a secret, even to their closest family. Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.

Apart from the Teddy Award, Nelly & Nadine has picked up over 20 international awards. Among them are The Grand Prix at EIDF in Korea, Best Nordic Documentary Award at Nordisk Panorama, The Grand Jury Prize and The Youth Audience Award at Festival du Film de Cabourg, as well as a number of audience awards at LGBTQ+ festivals around the world.

Nelly & Nadine has been sold to eight territories in Europe and North America, and is currently running in cinemas in Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Soon the film will premiere in Austria and begin a US theatrical run with a New York premiere set for December 16th. This is part of the North American distribution, qualifying the film to compete for the Academy Award.

The film is produced by Ove Rishøj Jensen, Auto Images, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, former commissioner Klara Grunning. International sales are handled by Rise and Shine World Sales in Berlin, with North American rights handled by Wolfe Releasing. 

More info: Auto Images –  Nelly & Nadine

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