Pelican Blood


Digital Screening Room Wed, May 6, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Pelikanblut
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Women Directors
Family Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:121 min
Festivals & Awards:Fantastic Fest - Best Director Award
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Films Boutique
Director:Katrin Gebbe
Producer:Verena Gräfe-Höft
Cinematographer:Moritz Schultheiß
Screenwriter:Katrin Gebbe
Editor:Heike Gnida
Composer:Johannes Lehniger
Sebastian Damerius
Principal Cast:Nina Hoss
Katerina Lipovska
Adelia-Constance Giovanni Ocleppo
Murathan Muslu
Filmography:Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Wiebke (Nina Hoss) is a single mother raising Nicolina, her adopted daughter, in the German countryside. As a family, the pair decides to adopt another girl, five-year-old Raya, from Bulgaria. But Raya is discovered to have an attachment disorder, and her behavior goes from strange to violent.

A horse trainer for the police, Wiebke is living an idyllic life. With her daughter Nicolina, she is proudly single, managing her life with enough ease to make her and her daughter believe that their love should be shared. And so, it’s off to another orphanage and Raya is adopted. Wiebke is strong and knows that adopted children have a tough time of it, but the new girl’s behavior is making everyone tense: first, breaking dishes, then torturing animals, and then… Weibke begins to wonder if this isn’t psychological but supernatural. And is the child disturbed, or is she herself the one with problems? Pelican Blood is at once a frightening genre film and beautiful art house picture on par with Rosemary’s Baby.

Director Biography

Katrin Gebbe

Born in 1983 in Ibbenbüren, Germany, Katrin Gebbe holds a master's degree in directing from the Hamburg Media School. Her debut feature, Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013), premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Pelican Blood (2019) is her latest film.


"Pelican Blood is a cinematic lesson in love, patience, and empathy." - Slashfilm