FINGERNAILS Special Screenings


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Christos Nikou.

Greek director Christos Nikou (APPLES, AFI FEST 2020) makes a bold English-language debut with this charming lo-fi sci-fi about the clash between our over-reliance on technology and the primal drive to find true love. Anna (Academy Award® nominee Jessie Buckley, WOMEN TALKING, AFI FEST 2022) and her partner Ryan (Jeremy Allen White, THE BEAR) are among the lucky couples to have passed the “love test,” a cutting-edge method of determining romantic compatibility using extracted fingernails and a mysterious machine that resembles a 1980s microwave. But when Anna starts a new dream job at the esteemed Love Institute, helping couples to train for and pass the test, she grows close to her new colleague Amir (Oscar® winner Riz Ahmed), an experienced and passionate love tester with an innovative method of preparing clients to take the big test. As the pair become increasingly attached to their work – and to one another – Anna grows distant from her home life with Ryan and begins to question the validity of the very test she’s worked so hard to master. Shot on 35mm with a retro futurist aesthetic that perfectly matches the film’s allegorical tone, FINGERNAILS raises essential questions about the dangers of prizing technological certainty over the nuances of instinct and emotion. –Abbie Algar

Christos Nikou was born in Athens. He is a writer and director whose credits include the short film KM (2012). He was assistant director on DOGTOOTH (2009) and BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013) and made his feature directorial debut with APPLES (2020). FINGERNAILS (2023) is his latest film.


Country: USA

Year: 2023

Director: Christos Nikou

Screenwriters: Christos Nikou, Sam Steiner, Stavros Raptis

Producers: Coco Francini, Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett, Christos Nikou, Lucas Wiesendanger

Executive Producers: Glen Basner, Milan Popelka, Alison Cohen, Ashley Fox, Kevin Lafferty, Jerome Duboz

Director of Photography: Marcell Rév

Editor: Yorgos Zafeiris

Production Designer: Zazu Myers

Costume Designer: Bina Daigeler

Music: Christopher Stracey

Cast/Featuring: Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, Jeremy Allen White, Luke Wilson, Annie Murphy

Running Time (minutes): 113

Language: English