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Acclaimed filmmaker Magnus Gertten (Only the Devil Lives Without Hope) has returned again and again to archival film reels shot on Malmö's harbour in 1945. In black and white, women prisoners from Nazi concentration camps take their first steps of freedom in an unknown country. A face keeps reappearing, and slowly Gertten pieces together an astonishing love affair between two women in Ravensbrück concentration camp. Nelly Mousset-Vos was an opera singer in Paris, known to frequent Natalie Clifford Barney's literary salon in 1930s. Nadine Hwang was the daughter of a Chinese ambassador to Spain. They would meet on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the hell of a concentration camp and begin a relationship that would see their way to freedom in another world. Nelly's granddaughter discovers a trove of diary entries, photographs and private films that Gertten crafts into an unforgettable testament to two women who were determined to be truly free. Myrocia Watamaniuk


  • Director(s)

    • Magnus Gertten
  • Producer(s)

    • Ove Rishoig Jensen
  • Writer(s)

    • Magnus Gertten
  • Editor(s)

    • Jesper Osmund
    • Phil Jandaly
  • Cinematography

    • Caroline Troedsson
  • Composer

    • Marthe Belsvik Stavrum
  • Sound

    • Are Åberg
    • Krister Johnson
    • Jørgen Meyer
    • Audun Røstad
    • Katarzyna Maria Wieczorek

Promotional Partners

Nordic Bridges
This screening was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Community Partner: Inside Out

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