Festival of Austrian Film
March 19–24, 2019, Graz

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Wednesday, 20.03.
21:00, KIZ Royal


Feature Film, DE 2018, 83 min, OmeU

Maryam and Jibril see each other for the first time at a party and connect instantly. Nonetheless, they don’t meet again until a year later: Maryam is meant to bring a package to the prison. The recipient is Jibril, who has meanwhile been incarcerated. The joy of seeing one another again is great, but the conditions are not the best for a romance. A modern fairytale about ideals and projections, expressively and thrillingly filmed.

The thrills and illusions of love are first celebrated, then painfully exposed, in Jibril, Henrika Kull’s thought-provoking tale centered around a dynamic, life-embracing Arab woman living in Germany. The fact that her love story unfolds with a young man who is serving time in prison only intensifies the universal lesson that love is blind and we rarely see our beloved as she or he really is.
(Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter)

The filmmaker builds their relationship through a type of observation that would have the vibe of a documentary if it weren’t for some handsome technical contributions (especially commendable is the work of DoP Carolina Steinbrecher), and leaves the conclusions up to the viewer. In between their encounters over the not-so-closely supervised table in the prison’s visiting room, we see them lead their separate lives, and this is where Kull (rightly) chooses to indicate what drives the development of their feelings. What emerges as the main point is how much a relationship is a matter of projection – particularly in circumstances that further limit the way one sees the other person.
(Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa) 

Director: Henrika Kull
Script: Henrika Kull
Cast: Susana Abdulmajid, Malik Adan, Doua Rahal, Emna El-Aouni, Regina Schulte am Hülse, Dikra Rahal, Tobias Müller-Monning, Osama Hafiry, Inaam Wali, Eliana Moral-Falke, Abdul Ahmin Kamouss
Camera: Carolina Steinbrecher
Editor: Henrika Kull
Location Sound: Louis Marioth, Tarek Soltani
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Sounddesign: Niklas Kammertöns
Production Design: Theresa Reiwer
Costumes: Wiebke Lebus
Producers: Henrika Kull, Sophie Lakow, Carolina Steinbrecher
Production: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (DE)