7:30 PM EST, November 14, 2013
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 has unveiled a quartet of films as audience award winners -- "The Rocket," an Australian film, for world cinema; "The Selfish Giant," made in the UK, in the new auteurs section; "We Gotta Get out of This Place," directed by Zeke and Simon Hawkins, won the American Independent category; and "B for Boy," a Nigerian film, won 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."