Director Henrika Kull’s new film BLISS drops us into a world where women and their femininity are considered a commodity. The story centers of two sex workers, Sascha (Katherina Behrens) and Maria (Adam Hoya) fall in love with each other. Together – and yet each on her own – they experience the one moment when happiness seems possible – but their love is threatened by different ideas of life and their own personal abysses. Director, screenwriter, editor, casting director, Henrika Kull (Jibril, Intimate Distance) joins us for a conversation on her inspiration for the story behind BLISS, shooting inside a working brothel, recognizing the workplace normalcy taking place there and weaving brilliant performances from her two lead actors, Katharina Behrens (Sascha) and Adam Hoya (Maria) into this raw and passionate film.
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“This is a pointed, candid drama.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“The world of prostitution eclipses the love story between the protagonists… realizing themselves in one of the most stigmatized trades in the world. However, the end result is novel and for many, perhaps a tad irreverent. “ – Carlos Bonfil, La Jornada
“Bliss is one of those films whose craft may not immediately be apparent to the average viewer, but it’s a beautifully constructed piece of work.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“A refreshing and thought provoking love story between two sex workers that throw up questions regarding identity, vulnerability and attraction.” – Rosalynn Try-Hane, Liquid Marmalade