Nelly & Nadine

dir. Magnus Gertten / 2022 / Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark / 93min.
Nelly and Nadine met at Christmas in 1944. They were to stay together for the rest of their lives – a relationship that was never referred to as such by their families

The voice of opera singer Nelly resonates in the middle of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Nelly and Nadine met for the first time at Christmas in 1944. They found each other again after liberation and were to stay together for the rest of their lives. Today, Nelly’s granddaughter Sylvie is about to be confronted with her grandmother’s legacy, locked in a box. The photographs, Super 8 footage and audio recordings, as well as the poetic and harrowing diary entries that she comes across, describe not only her grandmother’s memories of the camp, but also tell the story of her life with Nadine – a relationship that was never referred to as such by the family.

duration:
93 min
country / year of production:
Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark / 2022
director:
Magnus Gertten
cinematography:
Caroline Troedsson
producer:
Ove Rishoig-Jensen / Auto Images
selected festivals and awards:
2022 – IFF Berlin, 2022 – CPH:DOX Copenhagen
sections:
Love Stories
competitions:
“Zwierciadło” Magazine’s Award for the Best Film on Psychology
tags:
love story history relations LGBTQ+

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