TFL Films & Series

Pelican Blood

A mother’s desperate quest to bond with her adopted child leads to an extreme choice.

FeatureLab 2017
Main info

Title: Pelican Blood
Year: 2019
Directed by: Katrin Gebbe
Premiere & awards: Venice Film Festival 2019, Orizzonti, Opening Film
Produced by: Junafilm – Germany
In co-production with: Miramar Film – Bulgaria
Countries: Germany, Bulgaria


Wiebke (45) lives together with her adoptive daughter Nicolina (9) on an idyllic horse farm. After many years of waiting, she now has the chance to adopt another girl, Raya (5), to provide Nicolina with the longed-for sister. The first weeks are harmonious, and the siblings get along great. But shortly thereafter, Wiebke realizes that Raya, initially shy and charming, is becoming increasingly aggressive and poses a danger to herself and others. The mother will soon have to cross borders and take extreme decisions to protect her cubs.

TFL Project:

Title: Pelican Blood

All the updates once a month in your mailbox, subscribe to the TFL newsletter.