The Shift | Umbruch
In a home for struggling girls, young Milo is secretly transitioning gender. Only care worker Nicki is aware of it and supports them. Whenever Milo feels angry, or like running away or just wants a change of scenery, it’s Nicki who brings a feeling of security and home. One day, through the thin walls of the institution, Milo hears something they wish they hadn’t. As hugs cannot solve every conflict, they push the emergency button.
by Amalie Maria Nielsen
with Anna Charlie Zerbib Streizt, Niklas Herskind, Petrine Agger, Isabella Møller Hansen
Denmark 2023 Danish 19’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 12 years and up


  • Anna Charlie Zerbib Streizt (Milo)
  • Niklas Herskind (Nicki)
  • Petrine Agger (Birgit)
  • Isabella Møller Hansen (Nadja)


Director Amalie Maria Nielsen
Screenplay Oscar Anker Wiedemann, Amalie Maria Nielsen
Cinematography Lina Elvekjær Biehl
Editing Laura Andrea Friis-Rasmussen
Music Sebastian David Boldsen, Patrick Svaneberg Vejen
Sound Patrick Svaneberg Vejen
Production Design Otto Grumme, Ronja Hage Tange
Costumes Victoria Morabbi
Casting Anna Hoffmann
Production Manager Signe Broge
Producer Emma Lind
Executive Producer Emma Ethelberg

Amalie Maria Nielsen

The director grew up on the Danish island of Funen, graduated from the 18Frames independent film school in Odense in 2022 and now lives in Copenhagen.

Filmography (short films)

2021 Never Say No · Amatør (Amateur) 2023 Sværddrage (The Shift)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023