The love story of Maryam and Jibril starts by coincidence, but feels like a match made in heaven. The only crucial thing which stands between their happily ever after is prison bars.


The love story between Maryam and Gabriel starts by coincidence but feels like a match made in heaven. It also marks an emotional tide change in Maryam´s life in Berlin as a single mom of three daughters. Only one crucial thing stands between her, Gabriel and a “happily ever after” – prison bars. Nevertheless, the love Maryam feels empowers her not only to live in the moment, but to be true to herself when Gabriel suddenly starts to show a different side to his character.

'Expressive, close-up camerawork and captivating performances by Susanna Abdulmajid and Malik Adan reinforce the modern edge of this first feature'

'Abdulmajid and Adan, both first-timers on the big screen, bring the characters and their love story to life with passion and nuance; [...] hope for another strong new female voice in European cinema'

'Kull also serves bold and unapologetic moments [...] that is both realistic and elegant'

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Director: Henrika Kull
Genre: Romance, drama
Original title: Jibril
English title: Jibril
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2018
Length: 83 min.
Color: colour
Screening format: DCP 2K 1:1.85
Original language: German, Arabic

Subtitles: English
Cast: Susana Abdulmajid, Malik Adan, Doua Rahal, Emna El-Aouni
Scriptwriter: Henrika Kull
Director of photography: Carolina Steinbrecher
Editor: Henrika Kull
Sound: Tarek Soltani, Louis Marioth, Niklas Kammertöns
Sound mixing: Martin Steyer
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Producers: Henrika Kull, Sophie Lakow, Carolina Steinbrecher
Production company: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale Panorama, Germany – World Premiere
International Women's Film Festival Cologne, Germany
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis. Germany – The Best Film Award
Taipei FF, Taiwan
Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Germany
First Steps Award, Nomination Best Film, Götz George Schauspielpreis
Cinema Jove – Valencia IFF, Spain – Official Competition
São Paulo IFF, Brazil – New Directors Competition
Cork FF, Ireland
Exground Filmfest, Germany
Kinofest Lünen, Germany – The Best Actor Award
Max Ophüls Award Saarbrücken, Germany
Beirut international Women`s Film Festival, Lebanon
Diagonale, Austria
Carl IFF, Sweden



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