“Wanting” Named Best Thriller at Europa Film Festival

Wanting, the 2020 short film by PICT faculty Member Nada Serhan, was named Best Erotic Thriller at the 5th Europa Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain.

Held on March 31, 2021, the festival also made competing films available for viewing online due to pandemic-related state restrictions. In the festival’s review of winning films, Wanting was praised as “an erotic film that captures attention for its intensity” as well as being singled out for its “very clever script,” “wonderful and very credible performances,” and “meticulously crafted scenes both artistically and technically.” Apart from taking home the award for Best Erotic Thriller, Wanting was also nominated in the categories of Best European Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor. The film unites Nada with another PICT faculty member, Evrim Emir-Sayers, who served as art director.

Nada’s early education and work in film took place in the USA, where she received an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Filmmaking from American University, DC, and worked on film production for the Investigation Discovery Channel. Since relocating to Paris in 2016, Nada has completed the program in directing at the École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation (EICAR) and joined the faculty at PICT, where she has taught the 18-hour course, Monsters of Conscience: The Cinematic Worlds of Tim Burton, in Fall 2019. Nada’s new PICT course, The Woman Leads: The Belly Dancer in Egyptian Cinema, will commence as soon as current state restrictions on assembly are lifted.