Henrika Kull accurately probes emotions. Here she works with the sexual tension at a swimming pool, in the middle of a country in a continual state of unrest.
Anne and Nuri have only just been introduced by a mutual acquaintance when they travel to Nuri’s parents’ house in the mountains between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. As the conflict between the Israeli army and Hamas escalates, they spend two intimate days by the pool under the protection of the Iron Dome missile defense system as an escape from the nightly bomb alerts in the city.
Meet the director
Born in southern Germany in 1984, she studied sociology in Cologne. After writing her diploma thesis on the sociology of filmshe took up a degree in film production at the German Film and TelevisionAcademy Berlin (dffb) in 2012. In 2014, she began studying directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in the class of Barbara Albert, for whom she was also an assistant. Her feature-length graduation film “Jibril” premiered in the 2018 Panorama and won several awards including the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award for Best Film. Her second feature, “Bliss” produced by Flarefilm Berlin premiered at Berlinale and was invited to more than 100 festivals worldwide. “Bliss” had cinematic releases in countries like France (outplay), USA (darkstar pictures), UK (bohemia media) and Germany (Salzgeber). Currently she is working on her project “Central Station”, an international coproduction with Schuldenberg Films.