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At a party, Maryam and Jibril exchange glances. Years later, Maryam happens to meet the same young man again when she is asked to deliver a parcel to someone in prison. The recipient is none other than Jibril, who is serving a sentence of several years. The attraction between this single mother-of-three and the inmate is just as strong as it was when they first met. Maryam plunges enthusiastically into an initially largely platonic romance, which on the one hand may satisfy certain longings on both sides, yet on the other also awakens desire. But having a relationship with someone who isn’t there and who doesn't participate in her life, and who she can’t even really get to know, is a challenge for Maryam. Jibril too finds his situation as a prisoner increasingly difficult to bear.
Henrika Kull stages the intimate scenes of her first dramatic feature in impressively naturalistic close-ups and, utilising the particular situation of her two protagonists, raises a big question: when exactly do you really know someone – or do you just fall in love with your dream of being in love?

Henrika Kull

Germany 2018

German, Arabic

83’ · Colour

World premiere


Susana Abdulmajid (Maryam)
Malik Adan (Gabriel)
Doua Rahal (Sus)
Emna El-Aouni (Sadah)
Regina Schulte am Hülse (Maggi)
Tobias Müller-Monning (Priest)


Written and Directed by
Henrika Kull
Carolina Steinbrecher
Henrika Kull
Tarek Soltani, Louis Marioth, Niklas Kammertöns
Sound Mixing
Martin Steyer
Dascha Dauenhauer
Production Design
Theresa Reiwer
Wiebke Lebus
Henrika Kull
Assistant Director
Benjamin Cantu
Assistant Editor
Benedikt Strick
Line Producer
Andrea Wohlfeil
Production Management
Sophie Lakow
Henrika Kull, Sophie Lakow, Carolina Steinbrecher


Henrika Kull

Born in southern Germany in 1984, she studied sociology in Cologne. After writing her diploma thesis on the sociology of film, she took up a degree in film production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in 2012. In 2014, she began studying directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf under tutors including 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. She was a member of the jury for the Heiner Carow Prize during the 2019 Berlinale.

Filmography (selection)

2014 Rite of Spring; short film · Intimate Distance; short film 2016 Absently Present; short documentary 2017 Rosinen; short film 2018 Jibril 2021 Glück

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Produced by

Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

World Sales

Pluto Film