The traditional award season may be over, but The Academy of Motion Pictures continues to hand out awards throughout the year, including the Student Academy Awards which has just awarded the Munich-based filmmaker, Lennart Ruff, his first win in the Best Foreign Film category for his thriller “Nocebo”.
Ruff, who attends Munich’s University of Television and Film (HFF) is the third student to take the prestigious prize in recent years. The Student Academy Awards don’t gather nearly as much attention as its big brother, but many winners go on to become a part of the big event later on in their careers.
“Nocebo”, a 40-minute disorienting action thriller was Ruff’s graduation film. The main characters, Christian and girlfriend Anna, take part in a medical study where one of the patients dies and they discover the doctors covering it up. Christian fights to leave with Anna once he realizes that they may no longer be safe, but the onset of paranoid schizophrenia leaves viewers questioning reality.
HFF is only going to see it’s already pristine image elevated after this new win. With previous winners Caroline Link for “Nowhere in Africa” and Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck for “The Lives of Others”, it is no surprise that the school is in such demand. Hundreds of students apply each year, only ten are chosen to be accepted into the Cinema and Feature Film program.