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.
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Meet the director
Henrika Kull, born in southern Germany in 1984, studied social sciences at the University of Cologne and wrote her master’s thesis on the sociology of film. She began studying production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) in 2012, then directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in 2014. Kull’s graduation film, JIBRIL, premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2018. It received several awards, including the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award for best feature film, and was released nationwide in Germany in 2019. Her debut film, GLÜCK, premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2021.