drama / thriller, 121′
staring: Nina Hoss, Murathan Muslu, Katerina Lipovska

funding by FFHSH, Bulgarian Filmfund, BKM
production company: JUNAFILM/ MIRAMAR FILM (Bulgaria)
writer/ director: Katrin Gebbe
CINEMATOGRAPHY Moritz Schultheiss
developed with: TORINO FILM LAB 360°, Berlinale Co-Production Market 2018
world sales: Films Boutique, German distribution: DCM








Wiebke (45) lives together with her adoptive daughter Nicolina (9) on an idyllic horse farm. After many years of waiting, she now has the chance to adopt another girl, Raya (5), to provide Nicolina with the longed-for sister. The first weeks are harmonious, and the siblings get along great. But shortly thereafter, Wiebke realizes that Raya, initially shy and charming, is becoming increasingly aggressive and poses a danger to herself and others. The mother will soon have to cross borders and take extreme decisions to protect her cubs.

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„ein provokant-herausforderndes Drama mit einer grandiosen Nina Hoss, das sein Publikum – spätestens mit seinem Ende – in zwei Lager spalten wird.“

„So oder so ist Pelikanblut der Beweis dafür, dass Gebbe auch nach Jahren der Pause eine der spannendsten Stimmen im deutschen Kino bleibt und nur zu hoffen ist, dass man nicht schon wieder sechs Jahre auf den nächsten Schock warten muss.“

FESTIVALS: Venice 2019 (Orizzonti: Opening Film), Toronto 2019 (Special Presentations), Fantastic Fest Austin 2019, Zurich 2019, Sao Paulo 2019, Thessaloniki 2019, Kolkata 2019, Les Arcs 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019, Sitges 2019, Rio de Janeiro 2019, Palm Springs 2020, Göteborg 2020, Crossing Europe Linz 2020, Shanghai 2020, Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2020 …

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