Nermina Lukac, Sweden
Jury's comment: She carries the movie on her shoulders. We are so impressed by the performance she gives us in EAT SLEEP DIE that we are already dying to see more of her. We believe the truthfulness of her character at every point, and this instantly creates a deep empathy that lasts for the whole film.
Montenegrin-born Nermina was cast after an open audition for the female lead in Gabriela Pichler's feature debut EAT SLEEP DIE. Her performance as a feisty, "take no shit" Muslim Swedish-Balkan factory worker has already earned her numerous awards including a Special Mention at the Zurich Film Festival, the Best Actress Award at the festivals in Seville and Amiens, and the Viasat Film Rising Star at the Stockholm International Film Festival. This year, she has recently won the Swedish National Guldbagge Award for Best Actress (EAT SLEEP DIE).