Archive of films Nothing Bad Can Happen / Tore tanzt

2013, 110 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2013

Young Tore, a member of a Christian sect called the Jesus Freaks, is taken in by the family of outwardly kindhearted, yet inwardly aggressive Benno. Screened at the Cannes IFF, this harrowing tragedy plays a cruel game with the viewer’s emotions as it seeks to test the limits of faith while investigating human frustrations and the savage evil hidden within.


Faith, Love, Hope – the names of the three chapters of Katrin Gebbe’s raw debut feature also capture the innocence of the film’s main protagonist. The young and guileless Tore has substituted an absence of family with a punk Christian sect known as the Jesus Freaks. Chance brings him to the home of the seemingly kindhearted Benno, but the boy’s vulnerability and insecurity soon attract the man’s sadistic tendencies. This intimate cinematic tragedy, which caused a considerable amount of controversy upon its screening at Cannes, toys with the viewer’s sense of empathy in a cunning and uncommonly cruel manner. In Tore’s confrontation with injustice, his total willingnesses to accept the Lord’s mysterious ways and his determination to emulate Christ’s sacrifice prove to be his greatest weaknesses. The masterfully conceived and portrayed characters render Nothing Bad Can Happen a unique exposition on the frustrations, animal instincts, violence and bestial evil hidden within human beings.

About the director

Katrin Gebbe (b. 1983, Hörstel, Germany) is a German director and screenwriter who started out with experimental filmmaking at the Academy of Visual Arts in Enschede, Netherlands, and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After concluding her bachelor’s in 2006, she began studying for her master’s degree in directing at Hamburg Media School, from which she graduated in 2008 with honors. During her studies, she shot several award-winning short films; her graduate work Şoreş & Şîrîn won the CIVIS Media Prize and qualified for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Nothing Bad Can Happen, her feature debut, was shown as part of the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at the festival in Cannes.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Katrin Gebbe
Screenplay: Katrin Gebbe
Dir. of Photography: Moritz Schultheiss
Music: Peter Folk, Johannes Lehninger
Editor: Heike Gnida
Producer: Verena Gräfe-Höft
Production: Junafilm
Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Swantje Kohlhof
Contact: Celluloid Dreams, Pascale Ramonda


Katrin Gebbe

Film Director, Film Director

Mariëtte Rissenbeek

Film Institution Rep.

Verena Graefe-Hoeft


Dennis Ruh

Film Institution Rep.

Julius Feldmeier



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