The 76th Venice International Film Festival will take place on the Lido from 28 August to 7 September. 2019 again sees German cinema in a strong position in the festival's line-up. Director Katrin Gebbe's (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN) new feature film PELICAN BLOOD will be opening the festival's Orizzonti sidebar. In total, 13 German film and co-productions can be seen at the festival and 12 projects in the market (Venice Production Bridge). This was announced at today's press conference.

Her new film PELICAN BLOOD sees director Katrin Gebbe focusing on a mother in an emotionally extreme situation: 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.

As previously announced on Tuesday, PELICAN BLOOD will have its North American premiere in September as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Steffen Goldkamp's AFTER TWO HOURS, TEN MINUTES HAD PASSED will be shown in the Orizzonti - Short Films Competition. The problem of time as punishment, the yawning boredom of juvenile deliquents, is the subject of the short with a running time of almost to 20 minutes. GIVE UP THE GHOST by Zain Duraie about a young housewife in the Middle East will also be shown there.

The legendary director Edgar Reitz is himself the subject of Anna Hepp's 800 TIMES LONELY – ONE DAY WITH GERMAN FILMMAKER EDGAR REITZ. Programmed in the Venice Classics – Documentaries section, the warmhearted, yet radical film portrait shows Edgar Reitz in an encounter with a young woman filmmaker. The film is dedicated to cinema, German cinematic art, and to failing and loving. And to Edgar Reitz.

Two German VR productions can be seen in the Venice Virtual Reality sidebar: PAGAN PEAK by Ioulia Isserlis and Max Sacker, a complement to the eponymous TV series, and Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron's SUBLIMATION where the user learns dance steps under the instruction of a dance avatar in the form of Butoh dancer and helps to create the virtual world.

All of the German films and co-productions in Venice in 2019…

Contact: Dennis Ruh