Bucheon Choice: Features

Pelican Blood

Germany, Bulgaria|2019 |121min |Korean Premiere |

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Program Note

According to an ancient western legend, pelicans symbolize sacrifice and motherhood through providing their blood to sick babies. Having hit the limelight with her debut film, Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013), in her second film Pelican Blood, German director, Katrin Gebbe, explores the extreme self-sacrifice that comes with motherhood. Horse trainer Wiebke who lives with Nicolina, her adopted daughter, adopts a second child, Raya. Wiebke and Nicola dream of a happy family but their routine is threatened by Raya’s habitual strange behavior caused by her violent disposition.

This film seems to follow the tradition of the "devil’s child" from The Omen to The Orphanage but pays more attention to Wiebke’s blind motherhood. Wiebke’s determination to train all kind of wild horses overlaps her blind motherhood and which uncomfortably eats into viewers’ logic and sensibilities. Nina Hoss, a leading actor of modern German cinema, leads the emotion of the film with her dignified and elaborate performance. (Jin PARK)


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Katrin GEBBE

Katrin Gebbe is a writer and director  from Germany. Her first feature Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013) premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and won the German Film Critics’ Award, the Bavarian Film Award, and the New Auteurs Critics’ Award at AFI Fest.


Producer Verena Gräfe-Höft (Junafilm UG)
Screenplay Katrin Gebbe
Cinematographer Moritz Schultheiß
Editor Heike Gnida
Sound Petko Manchev (Sound Recording), Thekla Demelius (Sound Design)
Music Johannes Lehniger
Production Design Silke Fischer, Anna Boyanova
Cast Nina Hoss, Katerina Lipovska, Adelia-Constance Giovanni Ocleppo
Sales Films Boutique

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