In Bulgaria, shooting began on Monday for the international JUNAFILM production “Pelican Blood”. Directed by Katrin Gebbe (“Tore dances”), who also wrote the book, NINA HOSS plays a single mother willing to push her limits to save her adoptive daughter.
Other roles include Murathan Muslu, Sophie Pfenningstorf, Justine Hirschfeld, Yana Marinova, Dimitar Banenkin, Sebastian Rudolph and the two child actors Katerina Lipovska and Adelia-Constance Giovanni Ocleppo. Behind the camera is Moritz Schultheiß.
In the film, horse trainer Wiebke adopts five-year-old Raya from Sofia, Bulgaria. But she soon realizes that the girl is suffering from a bonding disorder and cannot build an emotional connection with anyone. Raya puts herself and others in great danger, and her older adoptive sister Nicola (9) suffers especially from her behavior. After a neurologist declares that Raya is likely to remain ill for life, Wiebke must decide if she is prepared to keep the girl and risk Nicola’s well-being. Wiebke begins a questionable treatment and goes beyond boundaries to find a solution to this dilemma. Wiebke’s unconventional behavior is a challenge for the people around her, especially Benedict, her secret lover. The more Wiebke gets isolated, the more obsessed she is with the thought of healing Raya, no matter what. An unusual victim seems in the end to be the last solution.
“Pelikan Blut” is produced by Verena Gräfe-Höft / JUNAFILM, in co-production with MIRAMAR / Mila Voinikova and SWR / ARTE. The editors are responsible Katharina Dufner / Isabelle Aman. Funded by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, DFFF and EURIMAGES. DCM will release the movie in 2019. World Sales is Films Boutique. Filming will continue until mid-October 2018.