Yngvild Sve Flikke’s directorial debut feature Ninjababy was named Best Comedy at the 34th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, against fierce competition from The Morning After by Méliane Marcaggi and The People Upstairs by Cesc Gay.
Ninjababy, based on the graphic novel Fallteknikk by Inga Sætreis, tells the story of 23-year-old Rakel (Kristine Kujath Thorp) who discovers she is six months pregnant after a one-night stand. Rakel has never wanted to be a mother and thinks it´s hard enough to take care of herself, so the idea of motherhood seems impossible.
As Rakel realises that she has no choice but to carry the child full term, she reacts with frustration, confusion and anger. Then Ninjababy begins to sneak from her drawing board and starts putting up a fight for its future, forcing Rakel to navigate between what she thinks is best for herself and what’s best for the baby.
Yngvild Sve Flikke said in her acceptance speech that she was pleasantly surprised just how well the film worked across cultures and borders and added: “I wanted to make a fun and liberating film about parenthood and gender and expectations, and I think humour is a way to create hope and contribute to tolerance.”