His mother belongs to him. Only to him.


9 - Year old Roman follows his mother Oksana, who left to work illegally in Germany. There she lives with Gert, a 62- year old German widower, who suffers from diabetes. Gert tries to make friends with the boy, but Roman struggles for his mother's attention. Then suddenly Oksana becomes ill and Roman is left alone with his rival.  Surprisingly Gert turns out to be a good playmate, until he dies from a stroke. Roman is now trapped in a remote place, alone with a corpse.


Film presentation
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Director: Marcus Lenz
Genre: Drama
Original title: Rivale
English title: RIVAL
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2020
Length: 96 mins
Screening format: DCP 2K (2048x858) (1:2,39; 5.1, un-encrypted
Original language: German, Ukrainian
Cast: Yelizar Nazarenko, Maria Bruni, Udo Samel,
Scriptwriter: Marcus Lenz, Lars Hubrich

Director of photography: Frank Amann
Production designer: Beatrice Schultz
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, Bernd Euscher
Sound design: Jonathan Ritzel
Sound mixing: Dominik Avenwedde
Music: Caroline Siegers + Evgueni Galperine
Producers: Gunter Hanfgarn & Andrea Ufer
Co-producers: Patrick Waldmann
Production company: HANFGARN & UFER
Co-production company: Wildfilms
Supported by: BKM, Filmstiftung NRW, Nordmedia


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