Das Glitzern im Barbieblut

Glittering Barbieblood
A young mother and her daughters are sitting under a bridge. The camera scans the surroundings and follows them on a strange journey of changing sensory perceptions, self-discovery and different kinds of society. Like some unruly “painting by numbers”, it feels as if they are flying under the radar of symbols – from a Mercedes star to Barbie’s horse and the ruins of the world’s largest automobile factory in Detroit. How does one grow up in this kind of world?
by Ulu Braun
with Gina-Lisa Maiwald, Mietze Maiwald, Dietlind Sommer, Milan Braun
Germany 2021 German 27’ Colour Documentary form

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Gina-Lisa Maiwald
  • Mietze Maiwald
  • Dietlind Sommer
  • Milan Braun


Written and Directed by Ulu Braun
Cinematography Kai Herrmann
Editing Ulu Braun
Sound Design Jochen Jezussek
Music Fritz Rating
Producer Ulu Braun

Ulu Braun

Born in Schongau, Germany in 1976, the filmmaker lives and works in Berlin and Finland. Between 1996 and 2005, he studied film and painting in Vienna, Helsinki and Potsdam. His video collages and films straddle the border between art and narrative cinema and have been presented in museums, galleries and at film festivals. He has won numerous awards, including the 2013 German Short Film Award. His films have featured a number of times in Berlinale Shorts, most recently Burkina Brandenburg Komplex in 2018.

Filmography (short films)

2004 Die Flutung von Viktoria 2007 Rhabarber Boy 2009 Westcoast 2010 Atlantic Garden 2011 Maria Theresia and her 16 children; co-director: R. Rauschmeier · The Park 2012 Tower of Invincibility 2013 Vertikale · FORST 2014 BIRDS 2015 Plantheon; co-director: T. Haarla · Architektura 2017 Die Herberge (The Hostel) 2018 Burkina Brandenburg Komplex 2021 Das Glitzern im Barbieblut (Glittering Barbieblood)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021